NTSB Identification: FTW89LA001.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38691.
Accident occurred Friday, October 07, 1988 in NAVASOTA, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N51112
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ACFT STRUCK A TREE DURING A NIGHT FORCED LANDING FOLLOWING AN ENG FAILURE IN CRUISE FLT. THE ENG FAILURE WAS CAUSED BY FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE FLT HAD BEEN AIRBORNE FOR 4 HOURS AND 44 MINUTES; HOWEVER, THE PLT HAD CALCULATED THAT HE HAD SUFFICIENT FUEL TO MAKE HIS DESTINATION WITH A 30 MINUTE RESERVE. HE OVERFLEW SEVERAL AIRPORTS THAT HAD FUEL AVAILABLE DURING THE FINAL STAGES OF THE FLT. THE ACCIDENT SITE WAS 15 MILES PAST ONE OF THOSE AIRPORTS.

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..BRIGHT NIGHT


Contributing Factors

NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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