NTSB Identification: IAD00LA072.
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Accident occurred Thursday, August 10, 2000 in SOMERSET, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/18/2001
Aircraft: Aero Commander 114-B, registration: N6101T
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

The airplane had been airborne for about 40 minutes when the engine stopped producing power while on final approach. The airplane landed short of the airport, and collided with the airport's perimeter fence. Examination of the airplane's fuel system revealed there was no fuel in the wing fuel tanks, the fuel pump, fuel flow divider or fuel filter, and there was no evidence of fuel spillage or leakage at the accident sight. When the fuel system was drained, about 1-quart of fuel was available in the airplane. Examination of the airplane flight log, pilot's logbook, and fuel history revealed that between August 2, 2000, and August 10, 2000, the airplane had been flown about 4.7 hours. The airplane was last serviced on August 4, 2000, with 7.63 gallons of fuel. No mechanical malfunctions were found.

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

Pilot's improper pre-flight planning, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.

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