NTSB Identification: LAX97LA186.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, May 20, 1997 in GROVELAND, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/02/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 150, registration: N19315
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot was on an endorsed solo cross-country flight and made an unplanned stop en-route. He did not refuel at the stop. According to the Hobbs recording hour meter he had operated the airplane for 4 hours. Upon arriving at his destination he attempted a go-around during which the engine failed. The operator/instructor stated that he had run the airplane out of fuel. The pilot operator handbook gives an endurance of 4.1 hours at 75 percent power and 7,000 feet for the installed fuel system.

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

was fuel exhaustion. Contributing to the accident was the lack of preflight review by the student's flight instructor and training.

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