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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 72249
Last updated: 10 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150G (Texas tailwheel/Horton STOL mod.)
Registration: N3995J
C/n / msn: 15065295
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Southbound lane of US 1 near Saint Augustine, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Georgetown, SC (GGE)
Destination airport:St. Augustine, FL (SGJ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot refueled the airplane and departed. While cruising at altitudes varying between 6,500 feet and 2,500 feet above ground level, he noticed that the right fuel gauge was fluctuating around the empty indication and the left fuel gauge was giving intermittent indications. The pilot elected to land at an airport that was en route to his destination. As the airplane approached the airport, the engine experienced a total loss of power due to fuel exhaustion. The pilot made a forced landing to a highway about 600 yards short of the airport and, after maneuvering to avoid traffic, the airplane struck road signs and came to rest in a ditch. The pilot stated that he always based fuel consumption on time, altitude and temperature, and monitored it with a stopwatch. Subsequent fuel consumption calculations indicated that at the rpm setting provided by the pilot, the airplane should have had well in excess of 30 minutes of fuel onboard when the engine ceased operating, about 2.5 hours after takeoff. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed fuel stains under the right under-wing area, flap, and fuselage. The stained was a result of fuel leakage due to a failure of the right wing fuel tank sending unit gasket.
Probable Cause: A loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion caused by the failure of the right wing fuel tank sending unit gasket, which resulted in a forced landing.


FAA register: 2. FAA:


Photo of N3995J courtesy

Oshkosh - Wittman Regional (KOSH / OSH)
31 July 2013; (c) Alex Christie

Revision history:

02-Feb-2010 13:46 RobertMB Added
05-Mar-2015 00:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 15:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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