At about 19:30 EDT, an amateur-built Asselyn CH701 lost power and crashed during a forced landing to an open field. The pilot and passenger were not injured. According to the pilot, the engine quit due to fuel exhaustion. The pilot reported that he departed Louisburg, N.C., at 18:10, arriving at a private airstrip in the vicinity of Raleigh-Durham at 18:50. He departed that airstrip at 18:55 and arrived at Knightdale, N.C., at 1925. He departed Knightdale at 19:27 to return to Louisburg. In cruise flight at 1,500 feet, the pilot noticed a reduction in engine power and prepared for a forced landing.