NTSB Identification: ATL93LA104.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 05, 1993 in STEDMAN, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1994
Aircraft: HATZ CB-1, registration: N4426V
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT LANDED THE HOMEBUILT AIRPLANE IN A FARM FIELD DUE TO LOW FUEL STATUS. HE PURCHASED 5 GALLONS OF AUTO GAS, AND SERVICED THE MAIN TANK. HE THEN LIFTED THE TAIL OF THE AIRCRAFT TO A LEVEL FLIGHT ATTITUDE SO THAT FUEL WOULD DRAIN TO THE HEADER TANK. ON THE INITIAL CLIMB AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE QUIT, THE THE AIRCRAFT CAME TO REST IN A TREE. AN EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT REVEALED AN IMPROPERLY POSITIONED MAIN TANK DRAIN, WHICH RESULTED IN TRAPPED FUEL IN THE MAIN TANK.

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

THE IMPROPER POSITIONING OF THE MAIN FUEL TANK DRAIN, WHICH RESULTED IN FUEL STARVATION AND ENGINE STOPPAGE. A FACTOR WERE TREES IN THE FORCED LANDING AREA.

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