NTSB Identification: CHI96LA215.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, June 25, 1996 in FOND DU LAC, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/03/1996
Aircraft: LOEHLE-AVIA 5151RG, registration: N5151N
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot had been flying for about 1-1/2 hours. During the initial climb following a touch and go landing, the engine sputtered and stopped running. The pilot made an off-airport forced landing. He said he had mistakenly moved the fuel selector valve to the 'OFF' position after the engine sputtered. An on-scene investigation revealed the fuel selctor valve was located under the pilot's right leg and did not have detents for the fuel tank selector positions.

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

the pilot's improper positioning of the fuel tank selector, which resulted in fuel starvation and loss of engine power. A factor relating to the accident was: the design/location of the fuel tank selector.

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