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NTSB Identification: GAA19CA173
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, March 15, 2019 in Independence, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/06/2019
Aircraft: Pereira OSPREY, registration: N822GC
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 the airplane encountered a significant headwind during the flight and that the engine burned more fuel than he had planned. The fuel was exhausted, which resulted in a loss of all engine power. The pilot subsequently conducted a forced landing, during which the right wing struck the ground.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane 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 planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and a total loss of engine power.