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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 134137
Last updated: 3 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150A
Owner/operator:Island City Flying Service Inc
Registration: N757NK
C/n / msn: 79871
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gulf of Mexico, about 10 miles southwest of Key West, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Key West Florida (EYW/KEYW)
Destination airport:Key West Florida (EYW/KEYW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On February 22, 1998, about 14:24 eastern standard time (EST) a Cessna 150A, N757NK, registered to Island City Flying Service, operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 fish spotting flight, experienced a total loss of engine power in cruise flight, and made a forced landing in the Gulf of Mexico, about 10 miles southwest of Key West, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a VFR flight plan was filed. The airplane was not recovered and is presumed to be destroyed. The commercial pilot reported no injuries.

The flight originated from Key West, about 3 hours 49 minutes before the accident. The pilot said, "he thought that fuel would not be a problem due to the airplane having extended range fuel tanks which held 40 total gallons and burned 6 gallons per hour...I did a normal pre-flight inspection including, draining fuel sumps and visually checking the fuel...." He also stated, " I flew one hour in level flight, after finding fish, I started a left turn in which I remained in for about two and a half hours waiting for my boat to arrive, when I began to experience a power loss so I began checking switches, magnetos and the fuel selector, and I began to rock the wings." The pilot further stated, "I should have had two and a half to three hours of fuel remaining, and had been advised by the mechanic/instructor not to always trust the fuel gages as they are not very dependable." He said he ran the airplane at 2,000 RPM's to try to extend the fuel burn while he was circling a fishing boat 35 miles offshore at 4,000 feet trying to spot fish, the engine stopped, and he started to descend. As he was passing through 2,500 feet the engine started, and he elected to return to land. He was about 15 miles from Key West when again the engine failed. He made a forced landing next to a lobster boat in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the pilot, "...the aircraft was full of fuel at the time of takeoff...." According to the pilots operating handbook for the Cessna 150A, the aircraft holds 35 gallons of usable fuel and burns 6 gallons an hour, which would have given him approximately 5 hours and 45 of fuel on board.

The airplane was not recovered from the water, and no determination could be made on the reason for the loss of engine power.

PROBABLE CAUSE:a loss of engine power due to undermined reason resulting in a forced landing, and an in- flight collision with water.


NTSB id 20001211X09587

Revision history:

09-Mar-2015 19:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Country, Nature, Source, Narrative]
09-Mar-2015 20:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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