Fuel exhaustion Accident Glasair Sportsman GS-2 N302BM,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 315327
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Date:Friday 14 October 2022
Time:16:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic GLST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Glasair Sportsman GS-2
Registration: N302BM
MSN: 7283
Year of manufacture:2008
Total airframe hrs:418 hours
Engine model:Lycoming IO-390
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pell City, Alabama -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Pell City, AL
Destination airport:Pell City, AL
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot of the experimental airplane stated that his electronic cockpit display indicated 23 gallons of fuel prior to flight, but he did not visually inspect the fuel tanks as it would have required a step ladder. About 10 minutes after takeoff, the engine lost all power, and the pilot performed a forced landing in a field. During the landing, the airplane impacted a ditch and came to rest upright. The pilot checked the fuel tanks after the accident, and they were empty. Other than the fuel gauge, the pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions with the airplane. Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that main landing gear separated and the left wing strut sustained substantial damage.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection, which resulted in a total loss of engine power during cruise flight due to fuel exhaustion.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA23LA028
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report




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