NTSB Identification: FTW01LA099.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 12, 2001 in Iowa Park, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 150L, registration: N19045
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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After about 3.8 hours of night cross country instructional flight, the CFI and dual student pilot were in a local touch and go pattern toward the conclusion of the planned flight. With the student pilot at the controls, during the final take off, the airplane was at an altitude of about 50 feet AGL when the engine lost power. The CFI took control and landed the airplane on the end of the departure runway, but could not stop before rolling through a grass field, a barbed wire fence, over a road, and into a ditch. A visual inspection of the aircraft at the accident site revealed that the fuel gauge for the left fuel tank did not register any amount of fuel, and the right fuel tank gauge registered below the "E" mark on the gauge. A visual check of the sight gauges on level ground showed about 1/4 gallons in the right fuel tank and less than 1 gallon in the left fuel tank.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: fuel exhaustion during takeoff due to the pilot's failure to refuel. Full narrative available
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