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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 194766
Last updated: 9 May 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II
Owner/operator:Claiborne Aviation Llc
Registration: N461RL
C/n / msn: 34-8170001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Llano County, Llano, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Horseshoe Bay, TX (KDZB)
Destination airport:San Angelo, TX (KJST)
The pilot in the multiengine, retractable-gear-equipped airplane reported that he was flying in instrument meteorological conditions and leveled off at 8,000 ft mean sea level. He began to configure the airplane for cruise flight, and he realized that the right engine cross-feed fuel selector was positioned for the left tank. The left tank fuel indicator displayed empty, and the right fuel indicator displayed 45 gallons remaining. He believed that the fuel indicators had malfunctioned, and he established an approach to a nearby highway intersection. The pilot landed with the landing gear stowed on the asphalt highway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage longerons. †
Per the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot reported that he became complacent during the flight and vowed to use a checklist in the future. The pilot has coordinated with his local Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team to help prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future. †
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilotís complacency during the en route phase of flight, which resulted in fuel mismanagement and a subsequent gear-up landing.


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Revision history:

12-Apr-2017 15:23 Geno Added
12-Apr-2017 17:10 harro Updated
25-May-2017 17:31 jeshorey Updated
05-Nov-2017 08:47 ASN Update Bot Updated

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