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N33078 accident description

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Crash location 42.035555°N, 72.194444°W
Nearest city Holland, MA
42.050095°N, 72.166189°W
1.8 miles away
Tail number N33078
Accident date 27 Aug 2009
Aircraft type Piper J5A
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot stated that he began the day with an unknown quantity of fuel. Shortly after departing on his second flight of the day, the airplane suffered a complete loss of engine power. During the subsequent forced landing, the left main landing gear caught tall grass and ground-looped the airplane, which resulted in substantial damage to the left landing gear, left wing strut, and left lower fuselage. Post accident examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed no odor of fuel, no fuel spillage, and 5 ounces of fuel in the airplane. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical deficiencies with the airplane.

NTSB Probable Cause

A loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. A factor in the accident was the pilot's inadequate preflight inspection.

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