NTSB Identification: FTW02LA218.
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Accident occurred Monday, July 29, 2002 in Mc Allen, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 182Q, registration: N4896N
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

During his preflight inspection, the pilot determined that he had sufficient fuel (65 gallons) for the planned cross-country flight. He filed a flight time of 3 hour 15 minutes on his VFR flight plan with an en route stop for deplaning the passengers and a final destination for refueling the airplane. The actual flight time was 2.9 hours. On final approach at the destination airport, the pilot transmitted in part: "I'm declaring an emergency I'm running out of fuel." Subsequently, radar contact was lost with the airplane and there were no further transmissions from the pilot. The airplane landed in a field short of the runway. During the landing roll in the field, the airplane struck a berm, nosed over, and came to rest inverted. On the Owner/Operator Aircraft Accident Report (NTSB Form 6120.1/2) safety recommendation block, the pilot recommended in part "Have more fuel on board."

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

The pilot's failure to refuel the airplane resulting in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. A contributing factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.

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