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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43954
Last updated: 16 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft D35 Bonanza
Registration: N2843V
C/n / msn: D-248
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Shelton, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Shelton, WA (SHN)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
While returning to the departure airport for landing, the pilot reported an engine problem. The airplane was subsequently observed by two pilot-rated witnesses in a steep spiral before impacting trees in a nose down attitude. All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site, and a postaccident examination of the airframe and engine failed to disclose any evidence of a mechanical malfunction or component failure. An examination of the engine and airframe fuel system components failed to find any fuel. There were no obvious indications of fuel spillage or staining of vegetation at the accident site, nor did emergency response personnel report the odor of fuel upon their arrival at the scene of the accident.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to refuel the airplane, which resulted in fuel exhaustion, and his failure to maintain sufficient airspeed to avoid a stall during the subsequent forced landing. A factor associated with the accident is the inadvertent stall.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Dec-2017 09:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]

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