NTSB Identification: FTW97LA071.
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Accident occurred Sunday, December 22, 1996 in PEYTON, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/23/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 210A, registration: N6680X
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
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While en route, the pilot learned of deteriorating weather at the destination (Greeley, CO) and diverted to Peyton, CO. After arriving at the new destination, the pilot circled the airport twice as he tried to activate the runway lights. He tried to activate the lights by keying the microphone with the radio set at 123.0 mHz. He then contacted the Colorado Springs control tower to confirm that he was using the proper frequency. Tower personnel assured him that 123.0 mHz was the correct frequency. However, the frequency had been changed to 122.7 mHz two months previously, and the change had been published in the Airport Facility Directory. As the pilot circled the airport a third time, the engine lost power. The pilot attempted to land on a road, but the airplane was substantially damaged when it struck a power line and roadside sign post. Salvage personnel drained 6 and 5 gallons of usable fuel from the left and right fuel tanks, respectively. Cessna's Pilot Safety and Warning Supplements cautioned pilots to avoid prolonged uncoordinated turns or slips, when the fuel level was less than 1/4 tank, so as not to inadvertently uncover fuel tank outlets.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's improper fuel management by failing to avoid a prolong uncoordinated turn or slip, which resulted in fuel starvation. Factors relating to the accident were: darkness, and the lack of (activated) runway lights. Full narrative available
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