NTSB Identification: ATL00LA045.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 22, 2000 in WAYCROSS, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/04/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 150, registration: N60763
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot reported that he completed the preflight planning for the supervised solo cross-country flight that included a weather briefing. The student pilot was informed of the 35-knot headwind at his cruise altitude. The student pilot completed the preflight inspection of the airplane, which included topping-off the fuel tanks with aviation fuel. There were 22.5 gallons of fuel on board the airplane at takeoff and the student pilot estimated four hours of flight endurance to fuel exhaustion. Approximately three hours into the flight and 40 miles south of the planned refueling stop, the engine lost power. The student pilot attempted a forced landing to a nearby airport, but collided with a utility pole 1/4 mile south of the airport. No mechanical problems with the airplane were reported by the student pilot.

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

The student pilot's inaccurate fuel consumption calculation that resulted in the total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion and the subsequent collision with a utility pole.

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