NTSB Identification: ATL98LA082.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 12, 1998 in BOYNTON BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/16/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N46129
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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The pilot had flown about three hours, and was enroute to the initial departure airport. During the return flight, he encountered weather conditions that forced him to land and wait for conditions to improve. Approximately 30 minutes into this phase of the flight, the engine lost power. The engine regained power after the pilot employed restart procedures. Moments later, the engine quit again. The pilot selected a public road for an emergency landing area. The airplane collided with utility wires during the emergency descent. The pilot had flown approximately three hours and thirty-six minutes since the airplane was last refueled. The pilot initially reported that he departed with six hours of fuel, but later realized that the airplane only had a fuel capacity of 24 gallons usable. The average fuel consumption rate is approximately six gallons per hour. The pilot reported that he had flown the entire flight at an altitude of 2000 feet and 2300 rpm, with the mixture in the full rich position. During the examination of the airplane, no fuel was recovered from the undamaged fuel tank system.

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

The pilot's inadequate preflight planning that resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.

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