NTSB Identification: CHI06CA040.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, November 22, 2005 in Marshall, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/2006
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-180, registration: N3619R
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane piloted by a private pilot, sustained substantial damage on impact with rough terrain during a forced landing following an in-flight loss of engine power when the airplane was in descent for the Marshall Memorial Municipal Airport, near Marshall, Missouri. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot's accident report stated, "Final destination was to be Harrington, MO with a fuel stop at Marshall, MO. Airplane had full fuel on departure from Sheridan. Forced landing was 4.6 [nautical miles] short of intended fuel stop at Marshall, MO." The pilot's safety recommendation was, "I should have scheduled my fuel stop earlier. I also should have leaned out the fuel mixture and used the proper power setting to obtain 75% power. As it was I flight planned for a 10 [gallons] per hour fuel consumption when in fact my actual fuel consumption rate was higher."

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

An in-flight loss of engine power in descent due to fuel exhaustion, and the pilot's inaccurate preflight planning. Contributing to the accident was the unsuitable terrain the pilot encountered and the night conditions.

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