Accident Cessna 150M N304JF,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 387446
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Date:Thursday 17 August 2000
Time:11:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 150M
Registration: N304JF
MSN: 15078655
Year of manufacture:1976
Engine model:Continental O-200
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Chapin, IL -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:(30LL)
Destination airport:Jacksonville, IL (KIJX)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot said that he 'Did engine run up and took off to the west. As soon as I started to climb the engine lost power. I [the pilot] put the nose down and the engine pickup power. As I started to nose up the engine lost power again.' The pilot subsequently attempted a forced landing and struck an embankment. The pilot's student pilot certificate and medical certificate had expired. The pilot listed no mechanical failure and described the failure as 'fuel starvation'. The pilot listed the fuel on board at takeoff as 3.0 gallons. The Cessna 150M owner's manual lists the total fuel capacity as 26.0 gallons, the usable fuel in all flight conditions as 22.5 gallons, and the unusable fuel as 3.5 gallons. A postaccident examination of the aircraft found that the right fuel tank had a trace of fuel, the left fuel tank had about 1/4 inch of fuel, and the firewall fuel filter was empty. No other anomalies were found that could be associated with a preexisting condition.

Probable Cause: the pilot's failure to refuel the aircraft prior to the flight and exhaustion of the fuel supply. A factor to the accident was the embankment.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI00LA260
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
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