NTSB Identification: LAX00LA238.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, June 21, 2000 in MADERA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/2001
Aircraft: Ward SIDEWINDER, registration: N4119Q
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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This was a cross-country flight from Oregon to California with two en route stops planned to refuel. The flight departed at 0730, with refueling stops along the way. A departure time of 1120 was made from the second airport. The pilot indicated that the airplane had a fuel capacity of 20 gallons and a burn rate of 8 gallons per hour, approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours of flight, and was not equipped with flaps. After arrival at the destination airport, at 1320, he made three attempts to land. Due to winds and a high temperature he was unable to land. On all three attempts, he landed approximately halfway down the runway, and did not feel there was enough room to safely come to a stop. He departed the airport at 1345 to attempt a landing at an airport approximately 20 nmi from his current position; passing by an airport 5 miles from his current location because he did not have a transponder onboard the airplane and did not want to enter Class C airspace without it. Approximately 6 miles from the airport the engine quit, and the pilot started looking for a place to make an emergency landing.

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

The pilot's inadequate short field landing procedure and his delayed decision to proceed to an alternate destination, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and a subsequent hard landing during the emergency descent.

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