NTSB Identification: CHI96LA335.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 12, 1996 in JANESVILLE, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/23/1997
Aircraft: Piper PA-31, registration: N27299
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that he had a trip in the morning. He reported that he was running late and was in a hurry. He neglected to check the nacelle tanks for fuel, but he did check the main and auxiliary tanks which were full. He reported that he mistakenly thought he had fuel in the nacelle tanks. He completed the trip and was returning to Janesville, Wisconsin. About 12 miles from the airport both engines quit and he executed a forced landing to a field. The aircraft refueler reported that he did not refuel the nacelle tanks. He reported he was told to top off the main and outboard tanks. Examination of the aircraft revealed that there was no fuel in the fuel tanks.

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

fuel exhaustion as a result of an inadequate preflight by the pilot in command.

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