NTSB Identification: ATL01LA067.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 17, 2001 in Colquitt, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/20/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 172N, registration: N75579
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot was performing a solo cross country. While at 3,000 feet cruise altitude, the engine lost power after the student pilot moved the fuel selector to a position between the fuel tank detents. The student pilot made an emergency landing to a nearby field. The airplane sustained major structure damage during the emergency landing. The post-accident examination of the airplane failed to disclose a mechanical problem with the airplane.

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

The student pilot's failure to use the fuel selector valve properly which resulted in fuel starvation and the subsequent loss of engine power, and the pilot's improper flare during landing.

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