NTSB Identification: NYC98LA142.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 10, 1998 in WADSWORTH, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 180, registration: N180DR
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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While in the traffic pattern, the airplane's engine lost power. The pilot stated he was unable to restart the engine and because the airplane was too low to allow for a runway landing, he performed a forced landing to a grass field. After the accident, during interviews the pilot stated the engine lost power due to fuel exhaustion. He further said, the right fuel tank contained 15 gallons of fuel, but he 'forgot to switch tanks.' Approximately 20 gallons of fuel (10 gallons per wing tank) were drained from the airplane about 6 hours after the accident. Examination of the wreckage did not disclose any pre-impact malfunctions of the airframe or engine.

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

A loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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