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NTSB: Plane That Crashed In Wagoner Ran Out Of Gas

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WAGONER, Oklahoma -

The National Transportation Safety Board says a plane that crashed in Wagoner earlier this year, injuring the pilot, ran out of gas.

Marvin McGrath, 54, was the only person on board the homebuilt airplane when it went down on May 28, 2014 at the Wagoner airport, according to the NTSB.

5/28/2014: Related Story: Pilot Taken To Hospital After Plane Crashes In Wagoner

McGrath was doing a touch-and-go and had climbed to about 100 feet, according to the NTSB, when the engine suddenly quit, causing an aerodynamic stall. The airplane, called Buccaneer SX, hit the ground hard and received substantial damage.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers at the scene that night told News On 6 McGrath received multiple injuries but none of them was life-threatening.

According to the NTSB's Probable Cause Report on the crash, the cause of the crash was:

"The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control following a loss of engine power during takeoff. Contributing was the pilot's inadequate fuel management that led to fuel starvation/exhaustion and the loss of engine power."

McGrath told the NTSB he thought he had about eight gallons of fuel on board, but said the fuel gauge was not working. The NTSB report says McGrath began flying at 7:45 that night and the crash happened at 8:27 p.m.

The NTSB says McGrath did not have a pilot's certificate and the plane was not certified by the FAA. Since the plane was classified as an ultralight, neither was required.

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