NTSB Identification: ATL96LA091.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, June 12, 1996 in GULFPORT, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/11/1996
Aircraft: Grumman American AA-1C, registration: N39018
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that the fuel gauges were inaccurate, registering less fuel than was actually in the fuel tanks. According to his accident report, the pilot took off with five gallons of fuel in the airplane. He flew to a local airport and made a low pass. He then proceeded to another airfield and made a touch-&-go landing. The pilot then contacted approach control at his destination airport for final landing. According to the pilot, the traffic was unusually heavy and the flight was vectored in sequence for landing. On final approach, the pilot advised the controller that the engine had quit, due to lack of fuel. Subsequently, the airplane collided with a power line, then crashed to the ground in a residential area, about one mile north of the airport. During examination of the wreckage, approximately eight ounces of fuel were found in each fuel tank. The fuel caps were in place, and there was no evidence of fuel leakage or seepage from either tank.

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

improper planning/decision by the pilot, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and loss of engine power, due to an inadequate supply of fuel.

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