NTSB Identification: ATL85LA160.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28234.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 12, 1985 in ATKINS, VA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150J, registration: N51347
Injuries: 1 Minor,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 ACFT NOSED OVER DURING A FORCED LANDING FOLLOWING A LOSS OF PWR WHICH RESULTED FROM FUEL EXHAUSTION. ON THE DAY PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT THE ACFT HAD EXPERIENCED A TOTAL ELECTRICAL FAILURE. THE PLT STATED THAT ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT, HE LOWERED A ROPE INTO THE FUEL TANKS TO CHECK THE FUEL QUANTITY (FUEL GAGES INOP DUE TO ELECTRICAL FAILURE). APRX 2 INCHES OF ROPE WAS MOISTENED BY FUEL AND THE PLT JUDGED THAT ENOUGH FUEL WAS IN THE TANKS TO COMPLETE THE X-COUNTRY. POST ACCIDENT INSPECTION REVEALED 1 GALLON OF FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE ACFT.

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:

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


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,ALTERNATOR..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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