NTSB Identification: LAX97LA321.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 10, 1997 in MURRIETA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N65406
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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While on a dual instruction flight, the aircraft ran out of fuel prior to arriving at the destination airport. The flight instructor reported that the fuel tanks were low; however, both indicator gauges read ample fuel quantity for a 1-1/2 hour flight with 1/2 hour reserve. The aircraft had been airborne for about 1 hour 20 minutes when the engine lost power. Subsequently, the airplane was damaged during a forced landing on a road.

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

failure of the flight instructor (CFI) to ensure an adequate preflight of the airplane, and his failure to properly quantify or verify the fuel onboard before departing on a dual instruction flight, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and a forced landing.

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