Sunday, November 22, 2020

Fuel Exhaustion: Cessna 150M, N714ER; accident occurred February 15, 2020 near Wadsworth Municipal Airport (3G3), Ohio


The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Wadsworth, Ohio 
Accident Number: CEN20LA092
Date & Time: February 15, 2020, 13:00 Local
Registration: N714ER
Aircraft: Cessna 150 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Factual Information

On February 15, 2020, about 1300 eastern standard time, a Cessna 150M airplane, N714ER, was substantially damaged following a loss of engine power near Wadsworth, Ohio. The pilot was not injured. The flight was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 91 as a personal flight.

The pilot reported that while on approach to land on runway 20 at the Wadsworth Municipal Airport, Wadsworth, Ohio, the airplane's engine lost power. The airplane landed about 300 yards short of the runway. Substantial damage was sustained to an engine mount.

The pilot visually checked the fuel tanks and estimated 7 gallons total prior to flight. The airplane flew 2 legs for slightly over an hour of flight time. Following the accident, a local mechanic drained approximately 2 gallons of fuel from the airplane. The airplane type certificate data sheet lists 3.5 gallons of fuel are unusable. Federal Aviation Administration inspectors were unable to find any evidence that the airplane had been fueled prior to the accident flight. The circumstances of the accident are consistent with the loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: March 14, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 2800 hours (Total, all aircraft), 56 hours (Total, this make and model), 929 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N714ER
Model/Series: 150 M 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 15079124
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1601 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
Engine Model/Series: O-200 SERIES
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 100 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBJJ,1137 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 17:56 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 217°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 160°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: -3°C / -10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ravenna, OH (POV )
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Wadsworth, OH (3G3 )
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 12:30 Local
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Wadsworth Muni 3G3
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 973 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 20 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3529 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 41.003055,-81.756385(est)


  1. Not someone one would expect coming from a 2800hr pilot (and what's up with only having 929 hours as PIC???).

  2. He gave it the ol' college try, only missed by 300'.