NTSB Identification: CHI88LA219.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37682.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 21, 1988 in ELKHART, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/07/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N9234U
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.

WHILE ENROUTE ON THE SECOND LEG OF A SOLO STUDENT CROSS COUNTRY, THE AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED A TOTAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE STUDENT PILOT EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING IN A BEAN FIELD AND THE AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER DURING THE LANDING ROLL, SUSTAINING SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE. POST-ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED AN AMOUNT APPROXIMATELY EQUIVALENT TO THE UNUSEABLE FUEL FOR THE AIRCRAFT DRIPPING FROM THE FUEL TANKS AND ABOUT 1 CUP OF FUEL REMAINING IN THE SYSTEM.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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