NTSB Identification: MIA00LA006.
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Accident occurred Sunday, October 17, 1999 in BAYOU LA BATRE, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N6504L
Injuries: 1 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, and the operator's fueling records, the pilot pumped 4.5 gallons of fuel into the rental airplane after it had flown 2.5 hours since refuel to full tanks. He then flew it for an additional 2.7 hours, including 3 takeoffs and 2 landings, before the engine lost power. During the forced landing the airplane struck a pecan tree. Examination revealed no fuel was found in the fuel tanks or carburetor, and very little had leaked out of the gascolator, postcrash.

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

The pilot's improper preflight fuel planning and the his improper en route fuel consumption calculations resulting in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.

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