NTSB Identification: ATL87LA155.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34075.
Accident occurred Monday, June 01, 1987 in ANDALUSIA, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/27/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 150H, registration: N22553
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 CFI WAS GIVING INSTRUCTION TO A BEGINNING STUDENT. DURING PREFLIGHT HE NOTED THAT THE LT TANK FUEL GAUGE INDICATED 'FULL' WHILE THE RT TANK GAUGE INIDATED '1/2 FULL '. AFTER ABOUT 40 MINUTES OF FLYING THE ENGINE BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH, DURING CLIMBOUT AFTER A PRACTICE T&G LDG. THE CFI LANDED THE ACFT, LEFT THE ENGINE RUNNING WITH THE STUDENT HOLDING THE BRAKES, AND VISUALLY INSPECTED THE FUEL SUPPLY; HE OBSERVED A FUEL LEVEL ABOUT 'THREE INCHES IN DEPTH' IN BOTH TANKS. AFTER A RUN-UP, ANOTHER TAKEOFF WAS MADE. AT ABOUT 350 FT AGL, THE ENGINE BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH AND LOST POWER ALTOGETHER. A LDG WAS SUBSEQUENTLY MADE STRAIGHT AHEAD INTO A FRESHLY-PLOWED FIELD WHERE THE ACFT NOSED OVER INVERTED. SUBSEQUENT CALCULATIONS INDICATED THAT ABOUT 3 GALLONS OF FUEL REMAINED ON BOARD AT THE TIME OF THE LAST TAKEOFF, ACCORDING TO THE CFI. TYPE CERTIFICATE DATA FOR THE 150H INDICATES THAT 3.5 GALS OF THE ACFT TOTAL FUEL CAPCITY IS UNUSABLE.

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..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

FUEL SUPPLY..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

REFUELING..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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