NTSB Identification: ATL88LA253.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38053.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 22, 1988 in LUVERNE, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150G, registration: N3772J
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 PLT REPORTED THAT HE WAS FLYING AT ABOUT 7-800 FT AGL WHILE INSPECTING TIMBER FOR INSECT DAMAGE WHEN THE ENGINE SUDDENLY LOST POWER. HE COULD NOT RECOVER ENOUGH POWER TO SUSTAIN FLT, SO HE SELECTED A PASTURE FOR HIS IMPENDING FORCED LDG. HE REPORTED THAT THE FIELD WAS ROUGH AND JUST BEFORE THE AIRPLANE STOPPED ON ITS LDG ROLL, THE NOSE GEAR COLLIDED WITH A FIRE ANT HILL AND COLLAPSED. THE AIRPLANE NOSED OVER. THE MECHANIC WHO RECOVERED THE AIRPLANE STATED THAT HE DID NOT FIND FUEL IN THE AIRPLANE AND THAT THE PASTURE WAS SUITABLE LANDING SITE. HE REPORTED THAT THE EVIDENCE INDICATED THAT THE AIRPLANE HAD TOUCHED DOWN IN A SKID. HE SAID THAT THERE WERE NO FIRE ANT HILLS IN THE FIELD.

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:

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

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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