NTSB Identification: LAX07CA144.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 28, 2007 in Show Low, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2007
Aircraft: Gadbois Apex Cross 5, registration: N751EW
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 collided with high vegetation during an off-airport forced landing following a loss of engine power. The pilot had completed the flight earlier in the day from Show Low to Holbrook, and had required about 3 1/2 gallons of fuel. He took a spare tank of fuel with him on the flight, which he used to top off his main tank when he arrived at Holbrook. On the return flight, he observed that fuel was depleting at higher than normal rate, but believed that he could still make it to his destination. He eventually ran out of fuel 1 1/2 miles northeast of Show Low airport. He believed that he had a fuel leak.

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

the pilot's inadequate in-flight fuel consumption calculations and failure to divert to an alternate airport, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.

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