NTSB Identification: LAX85LA346.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30267.
Accident occurred Friday, August 09, 1985 in SANTA PAULA, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N3359V
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 CFI, WHO WAS A RETIRED AIRLINE CAPTAIN, AND HIS STUDENT PILOT, EMBARKED ON A ROUND-ROBIN FLIGHT WHICH INCLUDED LANDINGS AT FOUR ARPTS. THE FUEL TANKS WERE NOT COMPLETELY FILLED PRIOR TO TH INITIAL DEPARTURE AND NO ADDITIONAL FUEL WAS OBTAINED DURING THE 2.4 HOUR LONG FLIGHT. FUEL EXHAUSTION OCCURRED AT TRAFFIC PATTERN ALT, ONE MILE FROM THE DESTINATION ARPT. THE CFI WAS UNABLE TO REACH THE RWY AND LANDED IN A SANDY RIVER BED 200 YARDS FROM THE ARPT.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..DUAL STUDENT

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR(ON GROUND)

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

FUEL SUPPLY..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)




Contributing Factors

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..IMPROPER..FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR(ON GROUND)


Contributing Factors

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR(ON GROUND)



Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

EXPECTANCY..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENT..INACCURATE..MANUFACTURER

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