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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 249326
Last updated: 14 September 2021
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Time:12:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150L
Registration: N1718Q
MSN: 15073018
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Shelby, North Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Greenville-Pitt-Greenville Airport, NC (PGV/KPGV)
Destination airport:Shelby-Cleveland County Regional Airport, NC (KEHO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, he completed a preflight inspection of the airplane he had recently purchased and departed with full fuel tanks. During the flight, while receiving flight following services from air traffic control, he was requested to adjust his heading and was eventually routed back on course. When the airplane was about 3 miles from the destination airport, the engine "sputter[ed]." The pilot verified that the fuel shutoff was on, primed the engine, and pumped the throttle with little improvement from the engine. He noted that when the airplane was pitched down, the engine would "sputter," and when it was pitched up, the engine would run. He checked the fuel quantity, and the left fuel gauge indicated 1/8 usable fuel and the right tank indicated "almost" 1/4 usable fuel. The pilot decided the airplane would not be able to make the airport and located a field to perform a forced landing. During the accident sequence, the airplane experienced a hard landing and the engine mount and left wing were substantially damaged. After the airplane was recovered, the pilot drained the unbreached fuel tanks and 3 gallons were removed from the airplane. According to the airplane Pilot Operating Handbook, the airplane held 26 total gallons of fuel, of which 22.5 gallons were useable. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation prior to the accident, however, the right fuel gauge was slightly incorrect.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight and inflight fuel planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion.



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

Revision history:

01-Apr-2021 14:56 ASN Update Bot Added
01-Apr-2021 15:53 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Narrative]

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