NTSB Identification: BFO94LA022.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, November 30, 1993 in WAYNESBURG, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/20/1994
Aircraft: MOONEY M20C, registration: N1377W
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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THE AIRPLANE WAS TOPPED OFF WITH FUEL AND WAS FLOWN FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES BY THE ACCIDENT PILOT. THE PILOT THEN DEPARTED ON A CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT TO A DESTINATION LOCATED 709 NAUTICAL MILES AWAY, WITH NO PLANNED FUEL STOPS. ABOUT 5.5 HOURS INTO THE FLIGHT, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AND THE PILOT EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING ABOUT 652 NAUTICAL MILES FROM THE DEPARTURE POINT. THE AIRPLANE NOSED OVER AND RECEIVED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE. NO EVIDENCE OF FUEL WAS FOUND ON BOARD THE AIRPLANE OR AT THE ACCIDENT SITE. ACCORDING TO THE AIRPLANE'S FLIGHT MANUAL, PERFORMANCE SECTION, THE ENDURANCE OF THE AIRPLANE IS 5.2 HOURS WITH FULL FUEL, 75 PERCENT POWER, AND 2,500 FEET MSL. NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS WERE REPORTED.

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

THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT AND INFLIGHT PREPARATIONS, PLANNING AND DECISIONS. THE LACK OF SUITABLE TERRAIN FOR THE FORCED LANDING WAS A FACTOR.

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