NTSB Identification: CEN11CA609
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 30, 2011 in Allen, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/03/2011
Aircraft: MOONEY M20C, registration: N5501Q
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 reported that, while on a cross-country flight, the fuel in the left tank was exhausted and the engine stopped producing power. The pilot attempted to restore fuel to the engine by switching to the right tank, which contained fuel; however, realizing that he was too low to attempt an engine restart, he elected to perform a gear-up landing to a field. The airplane’s fuselage and right wing sustained substantial damage during the landing. No other preimpact anomalies with the airplane were reported.

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

A total loss of engine power in flight due to fuel starvation as a result of the pilot’s inadequate fuel management.

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