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NTSB Identification: SEA08LA054
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 28, 2007 in Murrieta, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/24/2008
Aircraft: Hein Sonex, registration: N365SX
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 reported that during cruise flight, the engine lost power. The pilot was able to restart the engine momentarily before it lost power a second time as he initiated a forced landing to an open field. During the landing roll, the right main landing gear encountered a hole and the airplane nosed over. Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed structural damage to the horizontal stabilizer and rudder. No evidence of fuel was observed on the ground surrounding the airplane or leaking from the airplane. No fuel was observed within the airframe fuel sump. The pilot reported to local law enforcement shortly after the accident that he "believes he possibly ran out of fuel."

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. Contributing to the accident was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.