NTSB Identification: NYC00LA205.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 22, 2000 in LOGAN, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/2001
Aircraft: Lake LA-4-200, registration: N12SF
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot departed at 1130 for a cross-country flight with 40 gallons of fuel on board. He anticipated that the flight would take 3 hours, and he had 4 hours of fuel on board. During the flight, the pilot had to divert around his planned route for inclement weather. When he was about 1 mile from the airport, he entered the downwind leg of the traffic pattern and the engine lost power. The pilot determined he could not make it to the runway and landed on an adjacent road, at 1450. The pilot reported that the fuel gauge read empty while on the approach. Examination of the airplane revealed the fuel tank was completely dry. In addition, no fuel was found in the fuel lines or the fuel flow divider. When 4 gallons of fuel was added to the airplane, the engine started without hesitation and ran continuously.

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

Fuel exhaustion of the engine due to improper fuel consumption calculations performed by the pilot.

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