NTSB Identification: DEN90LA074.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 41628.
Accident occurred Friday, March 16, 1990 in ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/15/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N4590P
Injuries: 2 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 ENGINE QUIT THREE HOURS AFTER TAKEOFF. THE PILOT SAID HE RESTARTED THE ENGINE BUT COULD NOT KEEP IT RUNNING. THE PILOT SELECTED ROUGH TERRAIN, WITH ROLLING HILLS, COVERED BY BRUSH, AND MADE A FORCED LANDING. AT TOUCHDOWN, THE NOSE GEAR WAS TORN OFF, THE PLANE NOSED OVER AND CAME TO REST INVERTED. A POSTACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT BOTH FUEL TANKS CONTAINED ONLY TRACES OF FUEL. THE PILOT ORIGINALLY PLANNED TO LAND ON A DIRT ROAD. HOWEVER, WHEN HE SAW COWS ON THE ROAD HE ELECTED TO LAND IN THE ROUGH TERRAIN.

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

THE FUEL EXHAUSTION INDUCED POWER LOSS.

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