FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA267
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 27, 2016 in ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N60252
Injuries: 1 Minor.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The solo student pilot reported that while on a cross country flight the airplane's engine started to "sputter" and then stopped. During the off airport forced landing the airplane impacted a ravine.
According to the student pilot, prior to the loss of engine power, there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mount.
The airplane recovery specialist reported that he drained about two gallons of fuel from the airplane's fuel tanks prior to the airplane being moved. According to the manufacturer the airplane has 3 gallons of unusable fuel.
As a safety recommendation the student pilot reported that he should have visually inspected the fuel with a fuel hawk dipstick.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's inadequate preflight inspection/planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion, loss of engine power, and impact with terrain.