NTSB Identification: CHI84LA032.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21910.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 30, 1983 in LA CROSSE, WI
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N23183
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 ACFT WAS DITCHED IN LAKE ONALASKA AFTER THE ENGINE QUIT ABOUT 1 MILE SHORT OF DESTINATION. AFTER THE ACCIDENT THE ACFT WAS PULLED FROM THE LAKE AND EXAMINED. THE 3 FAA INSPECTORS WHO EXAMINED THE ACFT VERIFIED THAT THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH FUEL IN THE ACFT TO OPERATE THE ENGINE. ALSO THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF MECHANICAL FAILURE. THE PILOT SAID HE SHOULD NOT HAVE RELIED SO MUCH ON THE FUEL GAUGES AND A NEWLY OVERHAULED ENGINE HAS AN UNKNOWN RATE OF FUEL CONSUMPTION.

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:

PERFORMANCE DATA..NOT UNDERSTOOD..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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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