Fuel exhaustion Accident Thorp T-18 N54DT, Tuesday 9 January 2007
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Date:Tuesday 9 January 2007
Type:Silhouette image of generic T18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Thorp T-18
Registration: N54DT
MSN: 2
Engine model:Lycoming IO-320
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Edinburg, OH -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:SOP
Destination airport:29G
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane impacted trees and terrain during a forced landing following a loss of engine power during approach. The pilot stated that the airplane lost engine power due to "a depletion of fuel." The pilot attempted to land in a plowed field but reported not having sufficient altitude to clear trees at the field's edge. The pilot stated that he "stalled the airplane into the top of the trees." The pilot reported the airplane then fell approximately forty feet to the ground in a nose down attitude. Inspection of airplane revealed that the fuel system did not contain any remaining usable fuel. The fuel system was intact and no fuel smell was noted at the accident site. The pilot reported that the accident flight was three hours and eight minutes in duration. The pilot stated that the airplane had 29 gallons of fuel on board at departure. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.
PROBABLE CAUSE:The pilot's improper in-flight decision not to refuel prior to fuel exhaustion. A factor to the accident was the tree line that the airplane impacted during the forced landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI07CA057
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


NTSB id 20070202X00130


Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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