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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202098
Last updated: 22 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150L
Registration: N10401
C/n / msn: 15074845
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Brownstown, IL -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Decatur, IL (DEC)
Destination airport:Litchfield, IL (3LF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The student pilot stated that he was given a clearance to climb out to the west after taking off on the last leg of a three-leg cross-country flight. He departed at 3:35 local time, with 26 gallons of fuel on board. He stated that by the time he was able to turn onto his course heading he was off his planned route of flight. He reported that the haze and setting sun made it difficult to see and that he was not able to locate his checkpoints to get back on course. After flying around in order to attempt to identify his visual checkpoints, the engine experienced fuel exhaustion and the pilot performed an off-airport landing to a dark area in the terrain; however, the field was short and the airplane contacted trees and nosed over during the landing flare. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.
Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion as a result of the student pilot becoming lost/disoriented in flight.



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26-Nov-2017 12:31 ASN Update Bot Added

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