NTSB Identification: LAX85LA272.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28082.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 13, 1985 in COLUSA, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N704FU
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 PREFLIGHTED THE ACFT AT NIGHT WITH A FLASHLIGHT AND NOTED 12-15 GALS OF FUEL IN THE TANKS. UPON LEVEL OFF AT 5500 FT AGL HE NOTED A SLIGHT LACK OF ENGINE POWER. HE ALSO NOTED THAT ONE FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY AND THE OTHER TANK READ 1/4 FULL. BECAUSE OF THESE FACTORS HE DECIDED TO DIVERT TO AN ARPT HE HAD IN SIGHT. DURING THE DESCENT TO THAT ARPT, THE ENG QUIT RUNNING. THE PLT THEN PERFORMED A FORCED LANDING IN TREES. THE ACFT CAME TO REST UPRIGHT IN A DRAINAGE DITCH APRX 50 YARDS FROM THE ARPT RWY. AN EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT REVEALED THE FUEL TANKS WERE EMPTY.

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:

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE




Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..FALSE INDICATION



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT

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