NTSB Identification: FTW01LA093.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 05, 2001 in Baton Rouge, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/09/2001
Aircraft: EMPSON F4UCorsair, registration: N914DA
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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Based upon the pilot's preflight planning, the homebuilt experimental airplane should have reached the destination airport with 1/2 hour of fuel reserve. The pilot was instructed to fly the airplane on a 3-mile base for runway 22R, and subsequently cleared to land the airplane on runway 22R. Before the base to final turn, the pilot reported to the tower controller that the engine "stopped." Subsequently, the pilot performed the emergency procedures and informed the tower controller that the flight would not make the runway. During the forced landing in a field, the airplane came to rest against a fence and fence post. The FAA inspector, who responded to the site, reported "fuel exhaustion." The pilot stated "this accident could have been prevented if I had used the wind information available at the time of departure and allowed for poor navigation, [and] more fuel burned than anticipated."


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

the pilot's inadequate preflight planning resulting in fuel exhaustion during approach. A contributing factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.

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