NTSB Identification: FTW96LA247.
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Accident occurred Thursday, June 13, 1996 in LEVELLAND, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/18/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 150L, registration: N17299
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The pilot was practicing steep turns in a practice area adjacent to an airport when the engine lost power. The pilot did not attempt a restart and executed a forced approach/landing to a field. The airplane came to rest inverted in the field (soft terrain). Examination of the cockpit area revealed that the mixture control was in a 'maximum lean setting.' Once the airplane was righted, the mixture was pushed in to a richer position, and the FAA inspector started, and ground tested the engine. The engine appeared to operate normally.

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

The student pilot's improper use of mixture control resulting in a loss of engine power. A factor was the unsuitable terrain for the forced landing.

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