NTSB Identification: ATL88LA004.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35205.
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 06, 1987 in CORDESVILLE, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150L, registration: N11838
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.

THE AIRPLANE NOSED OVER DURING A FORCED LDG ON SOFT TERRAIN, AFTER EXPERIENCING A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DURING DESCENT FROM CRUISE. THE PLT REPORTED THAT THE ACFT RAN OUT OF FUEL. HE HAD MADE AN UNPLANNED STOP EARLIER TO TAKE ON ADDITIONAL FUEL, AFTER ENCOUNTERING STRONGER THAN EXPECTED HEADWINDS. PRIOR TO REFUELING THE AIRPLANE WITH SIX GALLONS OF AVGAS, HE OBSERVED THE FUEL GAUGES INDICATING 1/8 FULL. THE AIRPLANE HAD A USABLE FUEL CAPACITY OF 22.5 GALLONS. THE AIRPLANE CRASHED ABOUT 15 MILES SHORT OF THE DESTINATION AIRPORT.

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

REFUELING..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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