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N4157R accident description

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Crash location 34.477778°N, 93.096111°W
Nearest city Hot Springs, AR
34.503700°N, 93.055179°W
2.9 miles away
Tail number N4157R
Accident date 04 Oct 2007
Aircraft type Piper PA-18-150
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The airplane received substantial damage during a forced landing on a lake. The pilot reported a total loss of engine power while maneuvering over a lake at 300-500 feet above ground level. Post-accident examination revealed no fuel in the left fuel tank and a mixture of water and fuel in the right fuel tank. The fuel selector was selected to the left tank. There was no fuel found in the gascolator. The airplane rudder was "folded" over. The pilot reported minor injuries.

NTSB Probable Cause

The total loss of engine power due to inadequate fuel consumption calculations by the pilot resulting in fuel starvation while maneuvering over a lake at too low altitude for a safe landing. An additional cause was the unsuitable terrain encountered during landing.

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