NTSB Identification: ERA11CA419
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 24, 2011 in Americus, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/20/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N30214
Injuries: 2 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.

According to the certified flight instructor (CFI), he and the pilot departed the airport for a local, personal flight. While returning to the airport, the engine surged and then lost power. The CFI assumed control of the airplane and selected a suitable landing area for a forced landing. During the landing, after clearing a 50-foot-tall tree line, the right wing and nose wheel impacted the ground resulting in substantial damage to the wing spar and firewall. A postaccident examination revealed that both fuel tanks were empty. The CFI reported there were no preexisting mechanical anomalies with the airplane and that he did not perform a preflight of the airplane prior to the flight nor did he check the fuel level.

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

The CFI and pilot's improper fuel management, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.

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