NTSB Identification: FTW96FA072.
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Accident occurred Saturday, December 16, 1995 in KREMMLING, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/1996
Aircraft: Beech 35, registration: N1969D
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

After approximately 2 hours on a local area student training flight, the engine lost power following takeoff from a touch-and-go. A forced landing was made in a field and the aircraft remained intact following a high-g, flat, wings-level touchdown. Examination revealed the right wing fuel tank and auxiliary tank were empty, and the left tank contained 7 gallons. The fuel tank selector was between the left and right tank, and in that position would not pass fuel. The selector is located on the floor by the outboard forward corner of the left pilot's seat which the student pilot was occupying. It is not accessible or visible from the right pilot's seat. There were no markings on the selector panel; however, detents could be easily discerned by feel.

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

a loss of engine power due to fuel starvation as a result of the student pilot's improper positioning of the fuel selector and the the CFI's inadequate fuel management. Factors in the accident were: the unmarked fuel selector and the CFI's excessive descent rate during the forced landing.

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