NTSB Identification: CHI96LA212.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 21, 1996 in AINSWORTH, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/23/1997
Aircraft: Beech C23, registration: N6014F
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he performed thorough preflight fuel consumption calculations. The 'first indication of a minimum fuel situation' was when he noticed the right fuel gauge 'deep into the yellow.' He selected the right fuel tank until the gauge indicated empty. The left fuel tank was selected and 1/8 fuel was indicated when the engine lost power. He switched to the right fuel tank and the engine regained power. The engine lost power again. The pilot selected a landing site in a field. On final, he realized that the terrain in the field was sloping about 20 degrees. He turned left to line up with a road and the left wing impacted the road. The airplane departed the right side of the road and descended a steep embankment. It traveled through a fence and came to rest in a flooded field sustaining substantial damage. The pilot and passenger egressed uneventfully.

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

the pilot's inadequate fuel consumption calculations which led to fuel exhaustion and the pilot's selection of an unsuitable landing area for the forced landing.

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