NTSB Identification: MIA99LA251.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 11, 1999 in ATHENS, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/04/2000
Aircraft: Bellanca BL-17-30, registration: N6676V
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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

According to the pilot, his intention was to fly one or two laps around the airport landing pattern, and his fuel distribution at departure was full auxiliary tanks, 10 gallons in the right main and 5 to 6 gallons in the left main. He took off with the fuel selector on the right main and twenty minutes later, on approach to the airport, the engine surged. He switched the fuel selector to an aux tank and switched on the boost pump, but could not regain power to the engine. He made a forced landing to a parking lot/driveway, damaging the airplane and a residential fence. The pilot characterized the occurrence as a case of running the tank dry at too low an altitude to switch tanks and regain engine power.

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

The pilot's improper fuel management resulting in loss of engine power on approach due to fuel starvation and damage to the aircraft during the subsequent forced landing.

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