NTSB Identification: CHI96LA112.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 17, 1996 in HOWARD, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/20/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 150, registration: N1532Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot received a weather briefing at 0932 for a cross-country flight from Osage City, KS to Joplin, MO, to Newton, KS and back to Osage City. The weather forecast given to the pilot for the intended route was clouds greater than 10,000 feet with restricted visibility. The pilot departed Osage City at 1140. Upon arrival at Joplin the fuel tanks were topped off with 9.7 gals. The pilot then departed Joplin for Newton, KS (144 nm) at 1340. The pilot reported that low clouds and rain were encountered en route to Newton, and he subsequently (at 1607) advised AFSS that he was returning to Osage City due to weather. He also advised he was low on fuel. At 1625 the engine had a complete loss of power and a forced landing was made in a plowed field. The accident location was approximately 87 nm miles from Joplin. After the accident, the engine was test-run and it operated normally.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the student pilot's failure to obtain timely assistance after encountering adverse weather during a cross-country flight which led to fuel exhaustion.

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