And apparently no "low Fuel" alert to ATC.We just had a Mooney crash yesterday here in the LA area. 1 or 2 fatal. Full details are not in, but EARLY info (hearsay) indicates that the airplahne left Oregon on an IFR flight plan for Van Nuys KVNY, and the flight distance was slightly in excess of the aircraft's maximum range. It was on the ILS into Van Nuys and "dropped off ATC radar" about 5 or 6 miles out, just on the north side of the "Newhall Pass" reporting point. No post-crash fire,a nd no record or indication of any fuel stop enroute.
BTDT, on a local (50 mile) flight when I was young and had such superior skills that I could fly to the very last drop. Had the same reaction as you.I let myself get critically short of fuel one time--the usual factors (complacency, stacked optimistic rationalizations, etc). Yes, I got a very "heightened sense of urgency" (let's not call it "panic"), but more than that I felt like an idiot and kicked myself in the butt incessantly as the situation unfolded. Everything ended fine, but it was not my finest hour.
I believe it was s**t weather, almost guaranteed to have been IFR. It's been overcast and rainy here pretty much 90% of the time for several days. I'm not saying it was bad weather by Great LAkes standarrds, or Category 3 for transport airplanes, but it was certainly not "welcome to Los Angeles!" VFR.And apparently no "low Fuel" alert to ATC.
What was Van Nuys weather (cieliong and Visibility) at the time if you know. Was the ILS needed or could the IFR have been canceled?