Fuel exhaustion Accident Cessna 150L N10401,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202098
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Date:Tuesday 5 January 2010
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 150L
Registration: N10401
MSN: 15074845
Year of manufacture:1973
Total airframe hrs:5726 hours
Engine model:Continental 0-200A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Brownstown, IL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Decatur, IL (DEC)
Destination airport:Litchfield, IL (3LF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN10CA092
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report




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