NTSB Identification: CHI01LA263.
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Accident occurred Thursday, August 02, 2001 in Callaway, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/24/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-25-235, registration: N4478Y
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The airplane sustained substantial damage during a forced landing to a cornfield after a loss of engine power. The pilot reported he, "... left the airport without fueling the airplane. Made a forced landing in a cornfield. The cornfield was the only available spot." The pilot reported the cornfield was muddy.

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

Fuel exhaustion due to the pilot's inadequate preflight. Contributing to the accident was the muddy field and the unsuitable terrain encountered during the forced landing.

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