Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: San Angelo, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was on the second leg of a cross-country flight when the engine lost power.
He performed a forced landing in a field.
According to the FAA inspector who examined the airplane, the left fuel tank had 17 gallons of fuel and the right tank was empty.
The inspector confirmed that there were no mechanical anomalies or failures with the airplane, engine, or related systems prior to the accident.
Probable cause: The pilot’s improper fuel management, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.
NTSB Identification: CEN11CA376
This April 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.