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N4610H accident description

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Crash location 41.835833°N, 86.225000°W
Nearest city Edwardsburg, MI
41.795604°N, 86.080838°W
7.9 miles away
Tail number N4610H
Accident date 19 Sep 2010
Aircraft type Piper PA-17
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that the fuel gauge indicated about 1/2 tank during his preflight. He took a passenger for a 45-minute flight and landed. He reported that during the takeoff on the second flight, the airplane reached about 150 feet of altitude when the engine started to sputter and then quit. He started to turn back to the private airstrip, but the airplane started to stall to the left. He applied full right rudder and aileron. The airplane hit the ground in about a 30 degrees left wing low attitude which caused substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. The inspection of the airplane revealed that there was no fuel in the tanks.

NTSB Probable Cause

A total loss of engine power during takeoff due to fuel exhaustion as a result of the pilot’s improper fuel planning.

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