NTSB Identification: FTW95LA128.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, March 01, 1995 in MONTROSE, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/22/1996
Aircraft: BEECH 58P, registration: N208DK
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (VMC) WERE FORECAST FOR BOTH HIS DESTINATION, GUNNISON, CO AND HIS ALTERNATE, MONTROSE, CO. DURING FLIGHT HE DETERMINED THAT THE HEAD WINDS WERE STRONGER THAN FORECAST RESULTING IN INCREASED FUEL USAGE. HE DECIDED TO CONTINUE TO GUNNISON BASED ON INFLIGHT INFORMATION GIVEN TO HIM THAT VMC PREVAILED. ARRIVING IN GUNNISON, INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (IMC) EXISTED, AND THE PILOT MADE AN ILS APPROACH. THE APPROACH WAS MISSED AND HE DIVERTED TO HIS ALTERNATE, MONTROSE. EN ROUTE THE PILOT ADVISED ATC HE WAS LOW ON FUEL. HE CROSSFED THE LEFT ENGINE FROM THE RIGHT FUEL TANK BECAUSE THE LEFT TANK WAS EMPTY. THE PILOT MADE AN ILS APPROACH TO MONTROSE. AT DECISION HEIGHT, THE RUNWAY ENVIRONMENT WAS NOT IN SIGHT. BECAUSE OF THE CRITICAL FUEL STATE, POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS, AND SURROUNDING HIGH TERRAIN, THE PILOT ELECTED TO LAND IN A FIELD HE HAD SIGHTED. THE AIRPLANE TOUCHED DOWN IN MUD AND NOSED OVER. OCCASIONAL IFR CONDITIONS AND MOUNTAIN OBSCURATION FOR THE ACCIDENT VICINITY WERE FORECAST IN PERTINENT AIRMETS PRIOR TO AND DURING THE FLIGHT.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO REFUEL THE AIRPLANE RESULTING IN A FORCED LANDING. THE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE FACTORS.

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