NTSB Identification: SEA00LA004.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, October 20, 1999 in EMMETT, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/30/2000
Aircraft: Thomson VANS RV-6, registration: N541JT
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that while on short final approach at an altitude of approximately 150 feet above ground level, the left fuel tank ran dry and the engine lost power. The pilot switched fuel tanks and attempted to restart the engine. The engine would not start and the pilot performed a forced landing into a pasture. During the forced landing, the right main landing gear and wing were damaged. Post-accident examination disclosed that the aircraft's right fuel tank was full and its left fuel tank was empty. The pilot reported that no mechanical malfunction or failure was involved.

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

The pilot's improper fuel management, resulting in fuel starvation. A factor was the aircraft's low altitude at the time engine power was lost.

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