NTSB Identification: MKC89LA039.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38430.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 17, 1988 in ROLLA, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N704LB
Injuries: 1 Minor,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.

WHILE RETURNING FROM A PERSONAL CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT, THE NEWLY CERTIFICATED PRIVATE PILOT SAID THAT THE WINDS PICKED UP AND HE WAS BLOWN 30 MILES EAST OF HIS INTENDED COURSE. IN ADDITION, HE WAS RUNNING ONE HOUR OVER THE TIME ALLOTTED FOR THE TRIP. HE LANDED AT CUBA, MO, WHICH WAS ABOUT 20 MILES NORTHEAST OF HIS DESTINATION, TO TAKE ON ADDITIONAL FUEL. THERE WAS NO ONE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE APT, AND FUEL WAS AVAILABLE BY PHONE REQUEST. HE RATIONALIZED HE HAD ENOUGH FUEL TO MAKE HIS DESTINATION, SO HE DEPARTED THE APT. ABOUT 2 MILES SHORT OF HIS DESTINATION THE THE ENGINE LOST POWER AND AN EMERGENCY LDG WAS ATTEMPTED. THE ACFT STRUCK SOME TREES ABOUT 600 FEET SHORT OF THE RUNWAY, CARTWHEELED AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. THE PILOT HAD TWO PASSENGERS ON BOARD, WITH A THREE YEAR OLD SITTING ON THE LAP OF THE OTHER PASSENGER, WITH NO SEAT BELT RESTRAINTS FOR THE CHILD. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE FUEL TANKS TO BE EMPTY.

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:

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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