NTSB Identification: NYC97LA162.
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Accident occurred Sunday, August 10, 1997 in WESTERLY, RI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1999
Aircraft: Simpson AVID FLYER, registration: N7156X
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 departed on a cross country flight in a homebuilt airplane and executed three full stop landings at different airports. The airplane was not equipped with fuel gauges. The pilot estimated the airplane's fuel endurance at 2.5 hours. After 1.8 hours of flight, the engine lost power and the pilot performed a forced landing to a road. The pilot reported that he did not account for the additional landings and mismanaged his fuel supply.

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

The pilot's inadequate fuel consumption calculations, which resulted in fuel exhaustion.

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