NTSB Identification: ATL03LA057.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 08, 2003 in Camden, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/28/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N3287L
Injuries: 2 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 personal flight was several miles from the destination airport in Camden, South Carolina, when the engine lost power. Efforts by the pilot to restore engine power failed. The airplane collided with and was lodged in the tops of trees about three miles short of the runway at Woodward Field, South Carolina. Examination of the airplane revealed the wings were severely damaged. Left inboard wing and flap bent downward, inboard leading edge of left wing bent, and tip of left wing broken off. Right outboard leading edge crushed and tip broken upward. The nose cowling and engine mounts were bent. During the wreckage recovery operation, no fuel was recovered from the fuel system. Post-accident investigation of the engine revealed no anomalies.

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

The pilot's inadequate preflight planning which resulted in fuel exhaustion, subsequent loss of engine power and an in-flight collision with terrain.

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