August 1, 2007, Kennesaw, Ga., Cessna 177RG


The airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing at about 1720 Eastern time. The private pilot and sole occupant was seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

According to preliminary information, the pilot contacted ATC, stating he was approximately 5 miles north of the airport with minimal fuel and requested to land quickly. After being cleared to land, the pilot reported that he was out of fuel and declared an emergency. The airplane impacted a wooded area in a nose-down attitude. Examination revealed there was no fuel in the tanks and no evidence of fuel throughout the fuel system.


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