NTSB Identification: ERA10CA240
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 22, 2010 in Hampton, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/12/2010
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G164, registration: N654U
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 pilot stated that he departed on the 2.5-hour banner-tow flight with 3 hours of fuel on board. After completing the banner tow, he began the return flight to the airport and noticed that the fuel level was "lower than expected." The pilot attempted to conserve fuel by "slowing down and bringing the mixture back." After dropping the banner at the destination airport, the pilot applied full power to conduct a go-around and the engine lost power. The pilot attempted to land in the grass past the end of the runway, but had "too much momentum." The airplane traveled down an embankment, contacted a ditch, nosed over, and came to rest inverted. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures. The horizontal stabilizer and rudder sustained substantial damage. Postaccident inspection by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the fuel tanks contained a "very little trace" of fuel.

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

A total loss of engine power during a go-around due to fuel exhaustion as a result of the pilot's inadequate preflight planning.

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