NTSB Identification: ANC02LA058.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 23, 2002 in South Naknek, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/08/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 150, registration: N3025X
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 pilot reported that he had been on a cross country flight for about 3.5 hours when the airplane's engine lost power. He said he restarted the engine, and initiated a climb to gain altitude. With the destination airport in sight, the airplane's engine again lost power, and would not restart. The pilot decided the airplane would not make it to the airport, and he banked the airplane steeply to align it with a road perpendicular to the route of flight. About 20 feet above the road, the airplane "fell out" and impacted the roadway. The airplane bounced off of the roadway, and impacted the terrain inverted. The pilot said he had a favorable tailwind during the flight, and therefore, he did not make a planned intermediate fuel stop. He said he planned the flight using a straight fuel burn of 5.5 gallons per hour, and had 26 gallons of fuel in the airplane's tanks for the flight. The Cessna owner's manual states that 22.5 gallons of the airplane's 26 gallon fuel capacity are usable, and that at 71% cruise power, the engine burns 5.3 gallons per hour, but at higher power settings the engine may burn as much as 7.2 gallons per hour. The pilot did not factor in a variable fuel burn rate for engine start, taxi, run-up, takeoff, and climb. The engine was mounted postaccident on a test stand, and ran at full rated rpm.

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

The pilot's failure to refuel the airplane resulting in fuel exhaustion in cruise flight, and his inadvertently stalling the airplane during the ensuing emergency landing.

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