NTSB Identification: LAX97LA305.
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Accident occurred Monday, August 25, 1997 in MECCA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/04/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N152RJ
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot was on a solo cross-country flight from Long Beach to Blythe, California. He was to have performed a touch-and-go landing at Bermuda Dunes and then proceed to Blythe, where he was to refuel and return to Long Beach. He decided to stop at Bermuda Dunes for an estimated 30-minute rest stop. He reported that about 10 to 20 minutes into the flight to Blythe, the engine quit. He said he was able to get a restart for about 5 minutes before it quit again. The student stated he visually checked the fuel prior to departure from Long Beach and it was down an inch in each tank. The student's flight instructor stated he did not visually check or see the aircraft being refueled. The aircraft was recovered, examined, and the engine successfully test run.

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

fuel exhaustion as a result of the student pilot's inadequate preflight and failure to refuel.

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