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NTSB Identification: CEN13LA388
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 28, 2013 in Hudson, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/10/2014
Aircraft: MOONEY AIRCRAFT CORP. M20K, registration: N5254G
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 engine lost power in flight, and the pilot made a forced landing to a field. During the postaccident examination, 1 pint of fuel was recovered from the right wing fuel tank, and 7.5 gallons of fuel were recovered from the left wing fuel tank. The fuel selector valve was found in the right fuel tank position. No fuel was found in the lines to the engine. A postaccident examination of the airframe and remaining systems revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's improper fuel management, which resulted in the loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.