NTSB Identification: LAX94LA284.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, July 13, 1994 in TUCSON, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/1995
Aircraft: MOONEY M-20J, registration: N5668M
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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ABOUT 1/2 HOUR BEFORE ARRIVING IN THE DESTINATION AREA ON A CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT, THE PILOT NOTICED A MOMENTARY FLUCTUATION OF THE FUEL PRESSURE GAUGE, WHICH THEN STABILIZED. WHILE ON FINAL APPROACH FOR LANDING, THE FUEL PRESSURE WENT TO ZERO AND THE ENGINE QUIT. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES FAILED TO RESTART THE ENGINE. THE AIRPLANE DESENDED INTO A RESIDENTIAL AREA AND STRUCK A UTILITY POLE BEFORE COMING TO REST AGAINST A GARAGE. THE RIGHT WING FUEL TANK WAS RUPTURED AND CONTAINED ABOUT 1 GALLON OF FUEL WHEN FIRE PERSONNEL ARRIVED. THE LEFT WING CONTAINED ABOUT 15 GALLONS OF FUEL. AFTER RETRIEVAL, THE ENGINE STARTED AND RAN NORMALLY WITHOUT THE FUEL BOOST PUMP.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

a loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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