Fuel exhaustion Accident Cessna 150M N66081,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 131814
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Date:Sunday 11 June 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 150M
Registration: N66081
MSN: 15075821
Year of manufacture:1974
Total airframe hrs:4850 hours
Engine model:Continental O-200-A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Bethalto, IL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Greensburg, IN (I34)
Destination airport:ST CLAIR, MO (K39)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
N66081 was destroyed when it nosed over on impact with a ditch during a forced landing following an in-flight loss of engine power. The pilot was uninjured. The pilot said, 'I preflighted the airplane at 6:45 a.m. and checked fuel prior to take off from I34. The airplanes was fueled the day prior and flown .5 hrs or less.' The pilot stated, 'While enroute to (K39) St.Clair Regional I decided to stop at (VLA) Vandalia, IL for a weather update and restroom break. ... Vandalia had 2 parachutists under canopy and two more jumping in less that 2 minutes. The traffic pattern was full as well so I decided to fly northeast to St. Louis Regional - get fuel and a weather briefing. After getting clearance to land and setting up for pattern entry and starting to level off from descent to traffic pattern altitude the engine quit running. I radioed the tower and squacked 7700 on the x-ponder. After all emergency procedures failed to start the engine I made an off field landing in a soy bean field. The aircraft struck a ditch and flipped over destroying aircraft.' Reported flight time for the accident flight was three and a half hours. A FAA on-scene examination revealed no anomalies. Approximately one half gallon of fluid was found on the ground around each of the fuel tank's cap vent areas. A Cessna 150 performance-specification page stated, 'RANGE: Cruise, ... 22.5 Gallons, No Reserve ... 4.1 hrs.'
Probable Cause: the improper in-flight decision of the pilot to fly past the Vandalia airport onto Saint Louis Regional and the fuel exhaustion. A factor was the ditch.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI00LA159
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001212X21179&key=1

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
1 August 1993 N66081 Private 0 Bald Knob, AR sub

Revision history:

27-Jan-2015 19:47 harro Updated [Operator, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 18:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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