Fuel exhaustion leads to bent Osprey

The pilot reported that the Pereira Osprey encountered a significant headwind during the flight, and that the engine burned more fuel than he had planned.

The airplane exhausted its fuel, so the pilot decided to make a forced landing near Independence, Iowa. During the forced landing the right wing hit the ground, causing substantial damage.

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

Probable Cause: The pilot’s improper fuel planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and a total loss of engine power.

NTSB Identification: 99143

This March 2019 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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