NTSB Identification: NYC98LA188.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 16, 1998 in ELLINGTON, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/06/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N307DW
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The student pilot and instructor planned on a night cross-country flight of 1 hour duration. The student pilot reported there was 2 hours of fuel onboard and the flight instructor accepted his word. The engine lost power as they neared their destination. The pilot picked an airport with non-standard, low intensity runway lights, and no rotating beacon for an emergency landing. When they finally acquired the field visually, there was insufficient altitude to reach it. The airplane landed in an open field with soft terrain and flipped over. Post accident interviews disclosed the student pilot had performed the pre-flight inspection. In addition, he was not familiar with the use of a device to measure the quantity of fuel in the tanks.

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

Was the flight instructors lack of supervision over the student pilot's preflight inspection of the airplane, and which resulted in fuel exhaustion. Factors were the night conditions and the soft terrain.

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