NTSB Identification: ATL88LA154.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36901.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 24, 1988 in WATKINSVILLE, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/08/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150D, registration: N5921T
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.

STRONG HEADWINDS WERE ENCOUNTERED DURING THE X-C FLT. THE PLT LANDED AT AN ARPT TO REFUEL BUT FOUND THE ARPT FBO TO BE CLOSED. HE CONTINUED ON TOWARD HIS DESTINATION. ABOUT 10 MILES FROM HIS DESTINATION, HE MADE A PRECAUTIONARY LDG IN A FIELD DUE TO A CRITICAL LOW-FUEL SITUATION. AFTER OBTAINING 5 GALS OF AVGAS FROM A NEARBY ARPT, HE ATTEMPTED TO TAKEOFF; BUT THE AIRPLANE SUBSEQUENTLY CRASHED IN AN ADJACENT PLOWED FIELD. THE PLT INITIALLY REPORTED THAT HE HAD ABORTED THE T/O AT 30-40 FT AGL AFTER HEARING THE STALL WARNING SOUND. A FEW MONTHS AFTER THE ACCIDENT HOWEVER, THE PLT RPTD THAT HIS ORIGINAL STORY WAS INACCURATE; HE INDICATED THAT THE ENGINE HAD COMPLETELY LOST POWER SHORTLY AFTER T/O WHICH RESULTED IN A FORCED LDG. HE NOTED THAT HE HAD TOLD THE ORIGINAL, ERRONEOUS STORY BASED ON THE ADVICE OF THE ACFT OPERATOR.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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