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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146766
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Registration: N825BA
MSN: 01
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:1/4 mile south of Illinois Valley Regional Airport - KVYS, Peru, IL -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Sellersburg, IN (KJVY)
Destination airport:Peru, IL (KVYS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that the airplane was topped off with fuel before departing on the cross-country flight. He stated that after flying for about two hours the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power while in the traffic pattern at the intended destination. He subsequently made a forced landing into a nearby cornfield because the airplane did not have sufficient altitude to glide to the runway. A postaccident examination revealed that the left wing fuel tank was void of any usable fuel. About 14 gallons of fuel were recovered from the right wing fuel tank during the disassembly and recovery of the wreckage. The supply line to the engine fuel control unit was void of any fuel. The fuel tank selector valve was positioned to draw fuel from both wing tanks. The engine started and ran uneventfully during a brief postaccident operational test run. Additional testing established that the fuel tank selector valve yielded equivalent flow rates in all positions. Although the fuel tank selector valve was found in the setting to draw fuel from both wing tanks following the accident, the loss of engine power was likely due to fuel starvation while operating with the selector valve positioned to the empty left wing tank.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper fuel management, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

16-Jul-2012 17:54 Geno Added
16-Jul-2012 18:10 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Plane category, ]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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