NTSB Identification: CHI89LA002.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37804.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 09, 1988 in ASHLAND, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 152II, registration: N49135
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 A CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT FROM BUFFALO, NEW YORK TO MANSFIELD, OHIO, THE AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED A TOTAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER. THE PILOT PERFORMED EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AND EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING IN A FARMER'S OPEN FIELD. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE FIELD WAS SHORTER THAN HE EXPECTED; HE WAS UNABLE TO STOP THE AIRCRAFT IN TIME TO AVOID SOME TREES AT THE END OF THE FIELD. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE KNEW THE AIRCRAFT WAS LOW ON FUEL, BUT HE JUDGED THAT HE COULD REACH HIS DESTINATION WITHOUT REFUELLING. POST-ACCIDENT EXAMINATION REVEALED SLIGHTLY MORE THAN 2.5 GALLONS OF FUEL IN THE ENTIRE FUEL SYSTEM. THE AIRCRAFT MANUAL STATES THAT THE UNUSEABLE FUEL ON BOARD THE CESSNA 152 IS 1.75 GALLONS PER SIDE; 3.5 GALLONS TOTAL.

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 SUPPLY..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

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

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