NTSB Identification: CEN12CA274
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Thursday, May 03, 2012 in Cedar Bluffs, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2013
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-301, registration: N3166W
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.

While conducting an aerial application flight, the pilot noticed that the fuel gauge displayed a low quantity. While the pilot attempted to return to an airstrip, the engine stopped producing power. The pilot performed a forced landing in a cornfield. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The pilot reported in a postaccident statement that he ran out of fuel. Postaccident examination confirmed fuel exhaustion.

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

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

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