NTSB Identification: NYC07LA021.
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Accident occurred Thursday, November 02, 2006 in McHenry, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/14/2007
Aircraft: Cessna 150F, registration: N7953F
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot serviced the airplane with fuel about 2 flight hours prior to the accident flight. During the preflight inspection prior to the accident flight, the pilot did not visually verify the fuel level, as he had done prior to the previous flight, but assumed about 7 gallons of fuel remained in the fuel tanks. About 1 minute after takeoff the engine began to "sputter," and the pilot made an off-airport forced landing. During the postaccident recovery efforts, less than one gallon of fuel was drained from each of the airplane's fuel tanks. When fuel was added, the engine was successfully started and run.

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

The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and a loss of engine power during takeoff-initial climb.

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