NTSB Identification: LAX04LA109.
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Accident occurred Saturday, January 17, 2004 in Carefree, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/28/2004
Aircraft: Piper PA 22-160, registration: N8718D
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The airline transport pilot reported that the airplane's engine lost power during cruise, and the airplane collided with rocks during the emergency landing on a beach. At the accident site, the right fuel tank was discovered to be empty, and the fuel selector positioned to the right tank. Recovery personnel operating under the supervision of FAA personnel, successfully ran the engine up to 2,300 rpm at a follow-up examination.

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

The pilot's inadequate fuel management by his failure to switch the fuel tank selector position, which resulted in fuel starvation, a loss of engine power.

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