The pilot reported that, during the final approach to the airport in Cleburne, Texas, the Cessna 172’s engine lost power.
Due to homes that were in line with the approach end of the runway, he decided to perform an emergency landing in a field, during which the airplane slid and then came to rest in trees.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and the pilot sustained minor injuries.
During post-accident examination, an FAA inspector reported that the fuel gauges read zero and that no fuel was found in the right fuel tank and only 10 ounces of fuel were found in the left fuel tank.
Fuel was added to the airplane, and the engine started and operated normally.
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Source: General Aviation News