NTSB Identification: LAX86LA185.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32692.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 20, 1986 in LANCASTER, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N66459
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 PLT REPORTED THAT HE INTENDED TO FLY TO LANCASTER TO REFUEL. AFTER BEING AIRBORNE FOR ABOUT 44 MINUTES & WHILE ENTERING THE TRAFFIC PATTERN, THE ACFT'S ENGINE EXHAUSTED ITS USABLE FUEL. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO GLIDE TO THE RWY, BUT HAD INSUFFICIENT ALTITUDE. THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN IN A DIRT AREA ADJACENT TO THE RWY, & DURING ROLLOUT IT COLLIDED WITH AN EMBANKMENT & NOSED OVER. THE PASSENGER STATED THAT WHEN ENGINE POWER WAS LOST ONE FUEL GAGE REGISTERED 1/4 FULL, & THE OTHER GAGE REGISTERED SLIGHTLY LESS.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..FALSE INDICATION


Contributing Factors

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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