NTSB Identification: ATL99LA119.
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Accident occurred Friday, August 27, 1999 in MOUNTAIN CITY, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/02/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 175, registration: N7566M
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that after completing a normal preflight inspection of the airplane, he rolled the airplane out of the hangar for the flight. A normal engine run-up was completed, and the initial takeoff to climb was also normal. Shortly after liftoff, the pilot reported a loss of engine power. The pilot selected a corn field on the departure end of the runway for an emergency landing. After landing in the field, the airplane collided with a fence and flipped inverted. The examination of the airplane and engine assembly failed to disclose a component failure. However, during the examination of the fuel system, a wasp nest was found in the fuel system vent.

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

A blocked fuel system vent that resulted in fuel starvation and the complete loss of engine power.

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