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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 135300
Last updated: 11 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft J35 Bonanza
Registration: N8355D
C/n / msn: D-5502
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Newcastle, OK -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Newcastle, OK (4OK4)
Destination airport:Yukon, OK (F29)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The aircraft impacted terrain during a forced landing following a loss of engine power during takeoff initial climb. The 37,000-hour pilot stated that he "looked over the airplane, sumped the fuel tanks and ran-up the engine." He stated that he selected the left main tank, as required by the operating handbook. The pilot further stated that everything was "normal" and he proceeded to takeoff. After takeoff, "the engine backfired a couple of times" and he banked the airplane around to the east to return to the airport. The pilot further reported that as the airplane continued around to the north, "the engine quit." An examination of the fuel system revealed that the left main fuel tank and both auxiliary fuel tanks contained fuel; however, the right main fuel tank was empty. The right main fuel tank had not been compromised. Further examination of the fuel system revealed that the fuel selector was selecting the right main tank, and the right sump area was taped.
Probable Cause: The loss of engine power due to fuel starvation. Contributing factors were the pilot's improper positioning of the fuel selector and the lack of suitable terrain for landing.



Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Dec-2017 17:59 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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