NTSB Identification: LAX83LA258.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21631.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 29, 1983 in PHELAN, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N3437V
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 STUDENT PLT DEPARTED RAMONA, CA ON A FLT TO PALOMAR, CA WHERE HE PLANNED TO REFUEL. HE REPORTED THAT HE MISSED THE 'PALOMAR TURN OFF', AND THEREAFTER, FLEW TO HESPERIA, CA & LANDED. NO FUEL WAS AVAILABLE AT HESPERIA. THE FUEL GAUGES INDICATED THERE STILL WAS FUEL REMAINING, SO HE TOOK OFF FOR THE BARSTOW-DAGGETT ARPT, LOCATED 40 MI NORTHEAST. HOWEVER, AFTER FLYING 14 MI NORTHWEST, HE OBSERVED GEORGE AFB & INCORRECTLY IDENTIFIED IT AS HIS DESTINATION. WHEN HE REALIZED HIS MISTAKE, HE TURNED BACK TOWARD HESPERIA. WHILE ENROUTE, THE ENG LOST POWER FROM FUEL EXHAUSTION. REPORTEDLY, THE FUEL GAUGES WERE STILL INDICATING APRX 1/4 FULL. AN EMERGENCY LANDING WAS MADE IN ROUGH DESERT TERRAIN WHERE THE ACFT WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. DURING THE LANDING, THE ACFT HIT A JOSHUA TREE & THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..FALSE INDICATION


Contributing Factors

INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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