NTSB Identification: CHI96LA107.
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Accident occurred Thursday, March 14, 1996 in ST. PAUL, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/1996
Aircraft: Piper PA-38-112, registration: N2503B
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported the engine rapidly lost engine power during flight. He switched fuel tanks and was able to momentarily restore power. The engine quit a second time and the pilot made a forced landing on a road. The airplane contacted two street signs and the nose gear collapsed prior to the airplane coming to a stop. The pilot reported a hobbs time of 4 hours and 11 minutes between aircraft refueling and the accident. Postaccident inspection revealed residual fuel remaining in the fuel system.

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

the pilot's failure to assure an adequate fuel supply for the flight which resulted in fuel exhaustion. A factor associated with the accident was the signs contacted by the airplane during the forced landing.

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