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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226648
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Time:04:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150L
Registration: N5256Q
MSN: 15073156
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Douglas County near Omaha-Millard Airport (KMLE), NE -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Marshall Municipal Airport-Ryan Field, MN (MML/KMML)
Destination airport:Omaha-Millard Airport, NE (KMLE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that he was on final approach to land after a 3-hour flight when the airplane's engine would not respond to throttle inputs then lost power. He attempted to restart the engine; however, he could not restore engine power. The pilot executed a forced landing to a road and the airplane's right wing struck a fence, resulting in substantial damage.
Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that 2.5 to 3 gallons of fuel remained in the left fuel tank and the right tank was compromised during the accident. No anomalies were found with the airplane, engine, or fuel system that would have precluded normal operation.
The cruise performance chart for the accident airplane model indicated that for a flight at 2,500 ft mean sea level, at 77% engine power should yield 3.9 hours of endurance. The pilot stated that he had topped off the fuel tanks at his departure airport and had flown about 3 hours at the time of the accident; however the airplane's power setting and any potential headwinds are unknown.
Based on the available information, it is likely that, with the low fuel level, when the pilot lowered the nose of the airplane during the approach, the fuel became unported and the engine lost power due to fuel starvation.

Probable Cause: The loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

28-Jun-2019 14:04 Geno Added
28-Jun-2019 19:02 harro Updated [Location]
27-Mar-2021 12:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report]
27-Mar-2021 14:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Category, Accident report]
27-Mar-2021 15:26 harro Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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