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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43784
Last updated: 5 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150G
Registration: N3121J
C/n / msn: 15065821
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pahrump, Nevada (at approx co-ordinates 36'25" N, 115'99" W) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Pahrump, NV (NV00)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Witnesses reported the airplane departed on runway 18, and approximately 50 feet above the ground, the engine began to sputter. It started to turn left, back towards the airfield, and descend in a left wing low, nose-low attitude to ground impact. The airplane's empennage failed in a scorpion like manner and it came to rest inverted. The most recent 100-hour/annual inspection was performed on April 23, 2007, with a tachometer time of 2,393 hours. The airplane had been flown approximately 7 hours during the last 13 months. No preimpact mechanical engine or airframe anomalies, which might have affected the airplane’s performance, were identified. A decal near the left fuel tank filler port indicated the use of auto-gas was approved, but no associated FAA Major Repair and Alteration form 337 was found in the aircraft paperwork. The right fuel tank was breached and did not contain fuel. The left fuel tank contained yellow colored fuel. The firewall mounted fuel strainer screen was discolored, and the reservoir contained brownish-yellow fuel, which was contaminated with dirt and tested positive for water. The carburetor inlet screen was partially obstructed with dirt, rust, and sand.
Probable Cause: The loss of engine power due to fuel contamination followed by the pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during takeoff. Contributing factors were the pilot's inadequate preflight and an inadequate 100-hour maintenance inspection by other maintenance personnel.


FAA register: 2.

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
04-Mar-2015 23:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Mar-2015 23:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 18:37 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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