NTSB Identification: SEA02LA138.
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Accident occurred Monday, July 29, 2002 in Choteau, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/2003
Aircraft: Cessna T188C, registration: N2802J
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot departed his airport of origination approximately 0500 in the Cessna T188C "Ag Husky" with 52 gallons of usable fuel and flew 56 nautical miles to his first agricultural spray site. After dispensing insecticide he proceeded 29 nautical miles on to the next dispensing site and then flew 16 nautical miles to his next intended refueling point. On short final the engine lost power and the pilot executed a hard forced landing short of runway 23 approximately 0720. Post-crash examination by FAA inspectors revealed a total of 7-8 ounces of fuel aboard the aircraft. Specifications within the T188C Information Manual indicated that the range of the aircraft at 6,500 feet above sea level and 75% power is 250 miles or 2.1 hours.

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

Fuel exhaustion as a result of the pilot's inattention to fuel consumption (flight duration) which resulted in a total loss of power and subsequent hard landing.

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