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N5HB accident description

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Crash location 43.066389°N, 83.271945°W
Nearest city Lapeer, MI
43.051416°N, 83.318834°W
2.6 miles away
Tail number N5HB
Accident date 03 Aug 2007
Aircraft type Buttles SNS-7
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The flight made a forced landing following a loss of engine power. The pilot stated that about 7 minutes after takeoff while in cruise flight at 1,000 feet above ground level, the engine sputtered. He stated that he began a turn to return to the airport and as he turned about 90 degrees, the engine quit completely. He said that he elected to land in a farm field and during the landing he struck trees at the approach end of the field. The pilot stated that he believed the engine failure was due to a blocked fuel vent on the main tank of the airplane. Subsequent examination of the airplane revealed no anomalies with regard to the airplane or its engine. The main fuel tank was found to be nearly full of fuel. The auxiliary fuel tank contained a small amount of fuel.

NTSB Probable Cause

The fuel starvation for an undetermined reason, and the unsuitable terrain encountered during the forced landing. The trees were a factor.

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