NTSB Identification: LAX87LA215.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33578.
Accident occurred Monday, May 25, 1987 in BERMUDA DUNES, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/05/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F, registration: N8978S
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 FLT ENCOUNTERED STRONG HEAD WINDS WHILE CRUISING X-COUNTRY AT 6000 FT MSL. THE ENGINE LOST POWER APRX 14 MILES EAST OF THE INTENDED DESTINATION AND DURING DESCENT TOWARD THE DESTINATION THE POWER RETURNED SEVERAL TIMES BUT COULD NOT BE MAINTAINED. THE ACFT WAS LANDED APRX 200 FT SHORT OF THE RWY WITHOUT POWER. POST ACC INSPECTION OF THE ACFT REVEALED APRX 1 GAL OF FUEL IN THE LEFT TANK AND APRX 2 GALS IN THE RT TANK. THERE WERE NO MECHANICAL FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS NOTED.

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:

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WIND INFORMATION..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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