|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : msy|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 1500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : msy|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 156|
flight time total : 10000
flight time type : 3000
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
A distraction during preflight that took me away from the aircraft broke my train of thought (in retrospect) and I failed to perform a visual check of the fuel tank(south). After about 1 hour and 30 mins of local flying, the engine began to surge. I recognized the possibility of fuel exhaustion and decided to land on a reachable stretch of area away from roadways and buildings. The landing was successful and without damage to the aircraft, any other property, or injury. I think if flight instructors and proficiency examiners would teach a from-the-beginning preflight any time the sequence is broken it would be helpful.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FORGOT ABOUT FUEL ON PREFLT, TOOK OFF, AND AFTER 30 MINS RAN OUT OF GAS. OFF FIELD LNDG.
Narrative: A DISTR DURING PREFLT THAT TOOK ME AWAY FROM THE ACFT BROKE MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT (IN RETROSPECT) AND I FAILED TO PERFORM A VISUAL CHK OF THE FUEL TANK(S). AFTER ABOUT 1 HR AND 30 MINS OF LCL FLYING, THE ENG BEGAN TO SURGE. I RECOGNIZED THE POSSIBILITY OF FUEL EXHAUSTION AND DECIDED TO LAND ON A REACHABLE STRETCH OF AREA AWAY FROM ROADWAYS AND BUILDINGS. THE LNDG WAS SUCCESSFUL AND WITHOUT DAMAGE TO THE ACFT, ANY OTHER PROPERTY, OR INJURY. I THINK IF FLT INSTRUCTORS AND PROFICIENCY EXAMINERS WOULD TEACH A FROM-THE-BEGINNING PREFLT ANY TIME THE SEQUENCE IS BROKEN IT WOULD BE HELPFUL.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.