NTSB Identification: IAD96LA154.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 25, 1996 in KANSAS, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 182, registration: N6336A
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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During flight, the engine lost power. The pilot stated that his efforts to restart the engine using the emergency procedures were unsuccessful. He stated that the closest airport was about 10 miles away, but due to his altitude of 4000 feet msl, he was unable to make a landing at the airport. A forced landing was made in a corn field, and the airplane was damaged during landing. The pilot reported that he had topped off the fuel tanks, and his usable fuel was 55 gallons. According to the Cessna Owner's Manual, at an altitude of 2500 feet and a power setting of 21 inches and 2450 rpm, the endurance would have been 4.3 hours with a fuel burn rate of 12.7 gallons per hour; at 5000 feet and a power setting of 21 inches and 2450 rpm, the endurance would be 4.2 hours with a fuel burn rate of 13.0 gallons per hour. According to FAA personnel, the pilot reported that he used a power setting of 21 inches and 2200 rpm. The pilot reported that he had departed at 0710 EDT. The accident occurred at 1136 EDT. Examination of the airplane after the accident revealed that the right fuel tank was empty, the left tank had one inch of fuel, and the gascolator was empty. The fuel selector valve was found positioned to the right fuel tank.

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

the pilot's improper inflight planning/decision, which resulted in fuel exhaustion during cruise flight and subsequent loss of engine power. A related factor was the lack of suitable terrain for an emergency landing.

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