NTSB Identification: NYC96LA074.
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Accident occurred Monday, March 11, 1996 in SHIRLEY, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/20/1996
Aircraft: Cessna A185E, registration: N712MY
Injuries: 1 Minor,3 Uninjured.

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The pilot intended to conduct a survey flight of timber property. The airplane departed with 10 and 15 gallons of fuel in the right and left fuel tanks respectively. About 5 minutes after departure the pilot repositioned the fuel selector valve from the both to right position. The flight was continued for approximately 45 minutes with the fuel selector selected to the right fuel tank. The engine then lost total power as the pilot performed a right turn. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions with the aircraft and stated, 'I neglected to switch before the tank was completely empty.' The pilot further stated that the accident could have been prevented by, 'Better management of the fuel system. After the engine quit I should have turned the boost pump on and switched to BOTH on the fuel selector, or simply run on BOTH the entire flight.'

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

the pilot's fuel mismanagement and improper use of the fuel selector valve which resulted in fuel starvation.

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