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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA121
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 23, 2017 in Denton, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/04/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N3545L
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that, while on base to final, the engine “quit.” He added that the airplane could not reach the runway, so he conducted a forced landed in a small field 1/2 mile from the airport.
The airplane impacted a tree during landing, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane’s fuselage and wings.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
The Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the accident stated that, when he arrived, he only observed a few drops of fuel remaining in the airplane’s undamaged fuel system. He further stated that, before removal of the wings from the airplane for transport, about 1.5 gallons of total fuel was drained from the fuel tanks.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s improper fuel planning, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.