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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 75767
Last updated: 20 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft A36 Bonanza
Owner/operator:Reed Hatkoff
Registration: N9SH
C/n / msn: E-981
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Deer Valley Road, close to Deer Valley Airport (KDVT), Phoenix, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Phoenix, AZ (DVT)
Destination airport:Phoenix, AZ (DVT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported flying for about an hour at 10,000 feet during a maintenance test flight to break in newly installed cylinders. The pilot reduced altitude to continue operating for another hour. As he changed altitude, he switched fuel tanks. Shortly after switching tanks, the engine lost power. During the forced landing, the airplane hit an automobile. Following the accident, about 1.5 gallons of fuel were recovered from the right fuel tank, and the left fuel tank was found empty. The right fuel tank was cracked and had leaked some fuel; the left fuel tank was not damaged. During the postaccident engine examination, no mechanical failures or malfunctions were revealed that would have precluded normal operation. The loss of engine power was most likely due to the pilotís mismanagement of the fuel, resulting in fuel starvation.
Probable Cause: A loss of engine power during descent due to fuel starvation that resulted from the pilot's mismanagement of the fuel system.



Revision history:

18-Jul-2010 21:17 Geno Added
19-Jul-2010 02:01 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 17:59 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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