NTSB Identification: SEA99LA022.
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Accident occurred Thursday, December 17, 1998 in WENATCHEE, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/2000
Aircraft: Hiller UH-12E, registration: N893FW
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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The game survey flight had departed Wenatchee about 2.5 hours before the accident. The pilot had planned on landing at Brewster, Washington, where a truck was located for refueling during the survey flight. Weather at the refueling site precluded landing, so the pilot had elected to return to Wenatchee. He experienced a loss of engine power and autorotated to the surface one mile northwest of Wenatchee, Washington. Immediately before the loss of power, he noted a low fuel-pressure light. He stated to FAA inspectors that he had sustained fuel exhaustion.

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

Fuel exhaustion due to the pilot's failure to accomplish refueling.

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