Fuel exhaustion Accident Aero Commander S-2R N5599X, 05 Aug 2016
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 189115
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SS2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aero Commander S-2R
Owner/operator:Lakeview Aviation Inc
Registration: N5599X
MSN: 1699R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sanborn area, near Valley City, North Dakota -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Sanborn, ND
Destination airport:Sanborn, ND
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The commercial pilot reported that, before departure for the agricultural application flight, the airplane was loaded with 300 gallons of water and spray solution and an undetermined amount of fuel was added to the left fuel tank. The pilot did not visually check the fuel tanks during the preflight inspection. After departure, he flew 5 miles south of the private strip and proceeded to spray a 130-acre field. When the spray solution was depleted, the pilot flew back toward the private strip and noticed that the fuel quantity indicators showed 1/4 full in the right tank and 1/8 full in the left tank. The pilot stated that, about 1.5 miles southeast of the private strip and about 400 ft above ground level, the engine “sputtered” and experienced a loss of power. He made a forced landing to a field, and the airplane entered a swampy area and then nosed over. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
During a postaccident examination of the airplane, no fuel was found in the fuel lines to the engine or in the fuel tanks. Based on the evidence, it is likely that the airplane was not fueled with sufficient fuel to complete the flight and that this, combined with the pilot’s failure to check the fuel quantity before departure and ensure that sufficient fuel was onboard for the flight, resulted in fuel exhaustion.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection and fuel planning, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.


FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N5599X

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

06-Aug-2016 10:58 Iceman 29 Added
09-Aug-2016 18:21 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 19:50 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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