NTSB Identification: ATL86FEG02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31040.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 13, 1986 in MIAMISBURG, OH
Aircraft: SMITH MINIPLANE, registration: N26Z
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT CRASHED INTO A TREE AND THE GROUND DURING A FORCED LANDING AFTER A PWR LOSS FROM FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE PLT SAID THAT HE HAD 10 GALS OF FUEL AT TAKEOFF AND AFTER 20 MINTUES OF FLT THE GAUGE INDICATED 5 GALS. DURING THE ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO THE ARPT THE ENG QUIT. THE PLT DID NOT INDICATE HOW HE DETERMINED THAT THE ACFT HAD 10 GALS OF FUEL BEFORE TAKEOFF. THE GAUGE WAS DETERMINED TO BE INACCURATE. THE FUEL TANK, LINES, AND CARBURETOR WERE EMPTY OF FUEL AND THERE WERE NO SIGNS OF LEAKAGE ON OR AROUND THE ACFT AFTER THE ACCIDENT.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..INCORRECT

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