Preliminary Accident Reports

May 1999 Issue

Feb. 3, Paxton, Ill. / Cessna 150M

At 10:31 CST, a Cessna 150M lost power during cruise and suffered substantial damage during a forced landing near Paxton. The pilot suffered minor injuries. The flight originated at Chanute, Kan., at 07:10 CST, and was en route to Detroit. The pilot told investigators that he decided to land at an airport near Champaign, Ill., after about 2½ hours of flight but “missed the airport due to the wind.” He then diverted to Paxton and, after six attempts, was unable to locate the airport. The airplane ran out of fuel and the pilot landed on a plowed farm field 2½ miles west of the Paxton airport. The pilot reported losing consciousness for an unknown amount of time following the accident. The left...

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