NTSB Identification: CHI96LA346.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 22, 1996 in VIROQUA, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/18/1997
Aircraft: Beech B23, registration: N66338
Injuries: 1 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 stated that during the cross country flight the engine quit. She switched tanks and the engine ran for a few minutes and quit again. A forced landing was conducted in a rough field. A postaccident investigation revealed one quart of fuel drained from the entire airplane. The fuel tanks were intact and there was no evidence of leakage, siphoning or fuel stains. The engine ran successfully after the addition of fuel. The pilot thought the airplane was fueled prior to the accident flight, however there is no evidence that it was.

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

the pilot's inadequate aircraft preflight which led to fuel exhaustion. A factor was the rough uneven terrain.

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