NTSB Identification: NYC88LA015.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37210.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 24, 1987 in PEPPERELL, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N310DW
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.

A STUDENT PILOT ON A CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING FLIGHT EXPERIENCED FUEL EXHAUSTION AT ABOUT 3500 FEET. THE PILOT STATED THAT WHEN THE ENGINE LOST POWER HE CONTACTED APPROACH CONTROL ON 121.5 BUT DID NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT ALTITUDE TO MAKE IT TO AN AIRPORT. THE AIRCRAFT MADE A FORCED LANDING IN A CORN FIELD. THE ACFT FUEL TANKS HOLD 24.5 GALS OF USEABLE FUEL. THE ACFT BURNS 6 GPH AT 2400 RPM AT 4000 FT. MANY FACTORS CAN ALTER FUEL CONSUMPTION SUCH AS LEANING TECHNIQUE AND CONDITION OF ENGINE. THIS ENG HAD 1372 HOURS FLT TIME. ON THIS FLT THE PLT FLEW 4 PLUS HRS PRIOR TO THE LOSS OF POWER.

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:

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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