NTSB Identification: CHI94LA232.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 15, 1994 in BATTLE LAKE, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/19/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N333QB
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT WAS WITHIN THREE MILES OF HIS INTENDED DESTINATION WHEN THE AIRPLANE EXPERIENCED A TOTAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THERE WAS NO USABLE FUEL IN EITHER TANK. THE PILOT HAD BASED HIS FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS ON THE 32.5 GALLON CAPACITY PLACARDED ON EITHER TANK. THE TANKS WERE ACTUALLY 30.0 GALLON TANKS WITH 27.5 GALLON USABLE CAPACITY.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion which resulted from inaccurate fuel consumption calculations. A factor related to the accident was the inaccurately placarded fuel tanks.

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