NTSB Identification: CHI96LA343.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 22, 1996 in MINOT, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/18/1997
Aircraft: Beech BE-35, registration: N1368Z
Injuries: 4 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.

While on a three mile final approach to landing after being aloft for three hours, the engine sputtered and lost total power. The pilot flipped the switch to his right fuel tank and tried to restart the engine. It wouldn't start. On the return flight, the pilot had forgotten to switch the tank to the right one before he ran out. He stated he always does it, but forgot this time. The airplane landed 2 1/4 miles short of the runway. The airplane's nose was blocked up and after several turns, the engine started and ran with no discrepancies noticed.

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

fuel management was not performed and starvation of the fuel system. A factor involved was inadequate in-flight planning/decision.

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