NTSB Identification: FTW89LA017.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38209.
Accident occurred Thursday, November 10, 1988 in GLADEWATER, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/24/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N16135
Injuries: 2 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.

THE PILOT WAS RETURNING HOME FROM A PERSONAL NIGHT CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT WHEN THE ENGINE STOPPED PRODUCING POWER. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO GLIDE TO THE HOME AIRPORT BUT WAS UNABLE AND HAD TO ACCEPT A FORCED LANDING ON A RAILROAD TRACK. DURING THE FINAL APPROACH, ONE WING IMPACTED A TREE BUT THE PILOT WAS ABLE TO HOLD THE AIRPLANE STRAIGHT AND LANDED ON THE TRACKS. DURING AN INTERVIEW BETWEEN THE PILOT AND AN FAA AVIATION SAFETY INSPECTOR, THE PILOT STATED HE HAD NOTICED THE INDICATED FUEL QUANTITY IN THE TANKS HAD DECREASED MORE RAPIDLY ON THIS LEG OF THE FLIGHT. THE INSPECTOR FOUND THE PRIMER UNLOCKED, WITH THE PLUNGER EXTENDED APPROXIMATELY 1/2 INCH. AN ENTRY IN THE AIRPLANE LOGBOOK INDICATED AN 'O' RING HAD BEEN REPLACED IN THE PRIMER, PRIOR TO THE FIRST LEG OF THIS FLIGHT.

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:

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..INADEQUATE..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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