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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 168092
Last updated: 14 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE33 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 35-C33A Debonair
Owner/operator:Henke Petroleum Corp
Registration: N72CW
C/n / msn: CE-69
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Pueblo Memorial Airport (KPUB), Pueblo, Colorado -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Shawnee Regiona, OK (KSNL)
Destination airport:Pueblo, CO (KPUB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, while on final approach with the engine idling, he advanced the mixture control to the “full rich” position and the propeller control to the “high rpm” position in case he had to perform a go-around. The engine immediately lost power, and the airplane started to lose altitude. The pilot turned the airplane to avoid a ravine ahead and subsequently made a forced landing on rough terrain. The engine was functionally tested in a test cell to full power, and no anomalies were noted. About 25 gallons of usable fuel were found in the right fuel tank. However, the fuel tank selector was found positioned to the left fuel tank, and only 1/2 gallon of fuel was found in the left tank; therefore, it is likely the engine was starved of available fuel. If the pilot had been monitoring the fuel in flight and switched the fuel tank selector to the right fuel tank, the engine likely would not have been starved of fuel.

Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation, which resulted from the pilot’s improper fuel management and resulted in a forced landing on unsuitable terrain.


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Revision history:

27-Jul-2014 22:40 Geno Added
12-Aug-2014 00:24 Geno Updated [Time, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
30-Nov-2017 18:50 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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