NTSB Identification: LAX96LA286.
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Accident occurred Monday, July 22, 1996 in LOVELOCK, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/25/1997
Aircraft: Beech J-35, registration: N8399J
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The pilot performed 8 or 9 touch-and-go landings, and after liftoff, at approximately 200 feet agl, the engine lost power and quit. On previous takeoffs, at approximately 300 plus feet agl, he would switch from the main fuel tank to the auxiliary tanks, fly out about 5 miles and return. During the downwind leg of the pattern he would switch from the auxiliary tanks back to the left main tank for the touch-and-go landing. He stated that he thought that he may have lost fuel flow when the engine quit; however, he did not visually check the fuel pressure gauge. Postaccident examination of the fuel distributor valve, fuel pump vapor return line, and the fuel pump outlet line revealed that they were dry. He reported that he had been airborne for approximately 1.5 hours.

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

fuel starvation.

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