NTSB Identification: LAX87LA301.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36275.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 16, 1987 in MADERA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/16/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N65451
Injuries: 1 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.

AFTER THE AIRCRAFT WAS FLOWN FOR 3 HOURS AND 30 MINUTES THE ENGINE FAILED. THE AIRCRAFT ENTERED A FORCED LANDING APPROACH TO AN OPEN FIELD. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED HARD AND NOSED OVER ONTO ITS BACK. GROUND WITNESSES WHO WERE ON SCENE SHORTLY AFTER THE ACCIDENT STATED THAT THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF A FUEL SPILL NOR DID THEY DETECT AN ODOR OF FUEL IN THE VICINITY OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE OPERATOR REPORTED THAT HE OBTAINED ONLY 3 QUARTS OF FUEL FROM THE AIRCRAFT'S FUEL SYSTEM AFTER THE ACCIDENT. HE STATED THAT AFTER REPLACING THE PROPELLER AND ADDING FUEL TO THE TANKS THE ENGINE STARTED AND RAN.

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

FLUID..EXHAUSTION

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

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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