NTSB Identification: LAX86LA191.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30995.
Accident occurred Thursday, April 24, 1986 in FLAGSTAFF, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 150J, registration: N60126
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 PILOT WAS FLYING A ROUND-ROBIN FLIGHT FROM COTTONWOOD, AZ TO PAGE, AZ, AND RETURN. THE PILOT HAD LANDED AT PAGE, AZ. WHILE ON THE RETURN LEG OF THE FLIGHT THE PILOT NOTED HIS FUEL GAUGES WERE 'LOW' AND DIVERTED TO FLAGSTAFF, AZ. WHEN THE ACFT WAS NORTHEAST OF FLAGSTAFF AIRPORT THE AIRCRAFT SUSTAINED A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER. WHILE NEGOTIATING AN EMERGENCY LANDING TO A ROAD THE PILOT OBSERVED UNMARKED POWERLINES THAT CROSSED THE ROAD AND WHEN HE ATTEMPTED TO 'PULL UP OVER THE POWERLINES' THE ACFT STALLED AND SUBSEQUENTLY COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND. THE POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE DISCLOSED NO EVIDENCE OF ANY FUEL. THE EXACT ACFT FLIGHT TIME COULD NOT BE DETERMINED. FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS BASED ON THE PILOT'S STATED ROUTE OF FLIGHT AND TAKEOFF AND LANDING DISCLOSED THE ACFT SHOULD HAVE CONSUMED 20.8 GALLONS OF FUEL. THE ACFT HAS 22.5 GALLONS OF USEABLE FUEL. THE CALCULATIONS ASSUME OPTIMUM WEATHER CONDITIONS AND PILOT TECHNIQUES.

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..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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