NTSB Identification: SEA98LA054.
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Accident occurred Friday, March 13, 1998 in BICKLETON, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/11/2000
Aircraft: Snow 600-S2C, registration: N1640S
Injuries: 1 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 took off 50 minutes to 1 hour before the accident, and was spraying a field at the time of the accident. He reported that on the last pass, as he was pulling up, the engine lost power in a left turn. He performed a forced landing onto rough and uneven terrain; and the aircraft was substantially damaged. The aircraft salvage crew who recovered the aircraft reported that they found 3 gallons of fuel in the aircraft's left wing tank and no fuel in the right wing tank (the aircraft has a 33-gallon tank in each wing, of which 6.5 gallons in each tank is unusable.)
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's mismanagement of the fuel which led to fuel exhaustion. A related factor was unsuitable terrain. Full narrative available
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