NTSB Identification: CHI99LA211.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 06, 1999 in ADDISON, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 172N, registration: N739ND
Injuries: 3 Minor.

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The pilot said that he was in cruise flight at 1,000 feet above ground level when the engine lost power. He said that he attempted to restart the engine and it did start up, but again lost power. He then conducted a forced landing in a soft open field. A check of the airplane after the accident found that the left fuel tank contained no fuel, while the right fuel tank was full. The fuel selector was found in the 'Off' position. A check of the fuel system and engine failed to find any mechanical anomalies.

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

The pilot's improper fuel selector positioning resulting in fuel starvation during cruise.

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