NTSB Identification: DEN01LA011.
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Accident occurred Monday, November 06, 2000 in ROSWELL, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/01/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N95262
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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During approach, the engine stopped producing power, and the flight instructor performed a night forced landing to a "dark area." During the forced landing, the airplane impacted a transmission wire. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed 1 pint of fuel remaining in each wing tank. The flight instructor said that he watched his student perform the preflight, but was distracted by a conversation with a fellow employee. The flight instructor said that he did not visually check the fuel tanks himself.

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

the flight instructor's failure to adequately preflight the airplane, which resulted in the loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. A contributing factor was the dark night light condition.

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