Fuel exhaustion leads to damaged airplane

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The pilot reported that he departed with 14 gallons of fuel on board the Titan Tornado 912.

He diverted to an airport 15 miles away from the destination airport due to ground fog, and while en route, about 2 hours and 25 minutes after departure, the engine “died from lack of gas.”

He landed in a field near Corry, Pennsylvania.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, left aileron, and empennage.

He estimated that the fuel tank had “maybe an 1/8 cup” and that a “tablespoon may be more accurate.”

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable cause: The pilot’s improper preflight fuel planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and the subsequent total loss of engine power.

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA015

This October 2018 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.

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