NTSB Identification: CHI96LA344.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 22, 1996 in HAMPTON, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/23/1997
Aircraft: Rozendaal SMITH INNOVATION, registration: N2982
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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While performing a low pass to cut a ribbon for an airport grand opening ceremony, the pilot, after successfully cutting the ribbon, pulled up into a climb and turned crosswind. He experienced a total loss of power and landed in a soybean field. A postcrash inspection revealed low fuel quantity.

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

the pilot's failure to refuel the airplane and his improper decision to perform a low altitude manuever with a low fuel supply.

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