NTSB Identification: IAD05FA069.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 28, 2005 in Levittown, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/2006
Aircraft: American Aviation Corp. (AAC) AA-1A, registration: N9346L
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While returning to his departure airport on a traffic reporting flight, the pilot reported a loss of power and advised that he was going to land in a field. The airplane was then observed in its final moments of flight to parallel a road, then bank to the right and strike trees in a nose down inverted attitude. All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. No preimpact damage or malfunctions of the airplane or its powerplant were observed. No spillage, staining or smell of fuel was noted. The pilot was found in the right seat of the airplane. A portable video player and study materials for his flight instructors rating were found nearby and it was discovered that the pilot had on more than one occasion asked other pilots about doing maneuvers during traffic patrol flights.

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

The pilot's improper in-flight planning which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. A factor in the accident was the pilot's failure to maintain airspeed during the forced landing, resulting in an inadvertent stall and uncontrolled descent into trees.

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