NTSB Identification: NYC01LA222.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 02, 2001 in Warren, VT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA-25, registration: N7247Z
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated that the fuel gauge indicated about 1/4 tank full prior to the first of five glider tow flights. During the last flight, the pilot released the glider at 2,500 feet, about 2 1/2 miles from the takeoff airport. He then made a descending, 270-degree left turn. As he rolled the airplane out of the turn, the engine sputtered for a few seconds and stopped. It restarted and ran for a few seconds, then finally stopped. The pilot established the airplane in a 75-mph glide, and turned it directly towards the airport. He cycled the magneto switches, throttle, and mixture controls; however, the engine did not restart. The airplane touched down about 300 yards east of the runway and collided with a paddock fence. No fuel was found in the airplane after the accident.

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

The pilot's improper fuel planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion.

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