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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199632
Last updated: 14 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beech N35 Bonanza
Registration: N9368Y
C/n / msn: D-6569
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:South Bend International Airport (KSBN), South Bend, IN -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Olathe, KS (KOJC)
Destination airport:South Bend, IN (KSBN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The commercial pilot reported that the airplane was nearing the destination at the conclusion of a long cross-country flight when the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot declared an emergency and conducted a forced landing to a highway. During the forced landing, the airplane struck an elevated island and a car and was substantially damaged.
A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed blue-colored fuel stains streaking from the right wing fuel filler aft to the trailing edge of the right wing flap. The right fuel tank contained 1 cup of fuel and the left fuel tank had about 10 gallons of fuel. The fuel cap and seat were unremarkable. An examination of the engine and remaining systems revealed no anomalies.
It is likely that the right fuel cap was not seated properly before takeoff, which resulted in the siphoning of the fuel during the flight, and a subsequent total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.

Probable Cause: The improperly seated fuel cap, which resulted in an in-flight fuel leak and subsequent total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

13-Sep-2017 00:57 Geno Added
28-Nov-2018 14:45 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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