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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43944
Last updated: 28 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft J35 Bonanza
Registration: N8246D
C/n / msn: D-5350
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Flagstaff, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Chinle, AZ (E91)
Destination airport:Flagstaff, AZ (FLG)
Investigating agency: NTSB
At the completion of a cross country flight the engine experienced a loss of power while the aircraft was on approach. The aircraft collided with trees and came to rest about 300 yards north of the approach end of the runway. A witness located near the airport described hearing an aircraft on approach to the airport. The witness then heard the aircraft's engine surge and rev loudly three times before going silent. About 10 seconds after hearing the engine go silent, the witness reported hearing a loud crash. The witness then proceeded toward the sound of the crash and found the aircraft near one of the outlying lights of the approach lighting system. He noted that there was no smell of fuel at the accident site. An FAA inspector examined the aircraft and found that the left main fuel tank had been compromised and there were 5 gallons of fuel in the right main tank. He noted that the fuel selector was in the auxiliary tanks position. The before landing checklist in the aircraft flight manual for the accident airplane indicated that prior to landing, the fuel selector must be positioned to the "Main Tank More Nearly Full." The inspector removed the inlet and outlet lines from the fuel manifold and observed no fuel in any line.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate in-flight planning while on approach which lead to a loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.



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 09:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]

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