NTSB Identification: CEN11LA384
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 12, 2011 in Azle, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/14/2012
Aircraft: FISHER Lancair, registration: N6ZY
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot departed for a local test flight in a newly completed kit airplane. The pilot reported that, about an hour after departure, the engine gave a “slight hiccup,” so he turned back to his departure airfield. When the engine began to lose power, he turned on both wing fuel tank transfer pumps. The engine subsequently lost power, so he elected to conduct a gear-up forced landing in a field. A postaccident examination of the airplane’s fuel tanks revealed that they were not ruptured in the accident. Further examination revealed that the left wing and header tanks were empty while the right wing tank was full of fuel.

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

The pilot’s inadequate in-flight fuel management, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.

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