NTSB Identification: NYC95LA143.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 09, 1995 in MARSHFIELD, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N9143Y
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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DURING THE SOLO CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT, THE STUDENT PILOT PERFORMED A TOUCH AND GO LANDING AT THE DESTINATION AIRPORT AND STARTED TO RETURN TO THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT. DURING THE RETURN TRIP, THE ENGINE LOST TOTAL POWER, AND THE PILOT PERFORMED A FORCED LANDING. THE PILOT STATED, '...I PROCEEDED BACK [TO MARSHFIELD] AND RAN OUT OF FUEL APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES SHORT OF THE RUNWAY....' ADDITIONALLY, THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE ACCIDENT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BY 'REFUELING.' THE FAA INSPECTOR'S STATEMENT STATED, '...NO EVIDENCE OF FUEL LEAKAGE AT THE SCENE....' ADDITIONALLY, APPROXIMATELY 2 GALLONS OF FUEL WERE FOUND, WHICH CONSISTED OF 1 GALLON IN EACH, THE RIGHT AND LEFT, FUEL TANK.

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

the pilot's improper preflight planning/preparation, inaccurate fuel consumption calculations and failure to refuel, resulting in fuel exhaustion and a subsequent collision with trees during the forced landing.

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