NTSB Identification: ATL93LA052.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 50069.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 17, 1993 in MEBANE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/03/1993
Aircraft: BEECH 23, registration: N3523R
Injuries: 4 Serious.

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

ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, THE ENGINE QUIT AS HE TURNED DOWNWIND IN THE TRAFFIC PATTERN WHILE CONDUCTING TOUCH AND GO LANDINGS. THE ATTEMPT TO RESTART THE ENGINE FAILED, AND THE PILOT SELECTED AN EMERGENCY LANDING AREA BETWEEN A TREE LINE AND A MOBILE HOME PARK; THE AIRPLANE TOUCHED DOWN IN THE OPEN PORTION OF THE LANDING AREA. THE FIELD EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE DISCLOSED THAT THE LEFT FUEL TANK HAD A LARGE QUANTITY OF FUEL, BUT THE RIGHT TANK WAS EMPTY; THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS ON THE RIGHT TANK. CONTINUITY WAS ESTABLISHED BETWEEN THE FUEL SELECTOR AND THE ENGINE, AND THERE WAS NO FUEL DISCOVERED IN THE FUEL SYSTEM COMPONENTS. THE ENGINE WAS PLACED ON A TEST STAND AND OPERATED UP TO 2400 RPM WITHOUT DIFFICULTY. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE FAILED TO DISCLOSE A MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR COMPONENT FAILURE.

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

THE PILOT'S MISMANAGEMENT OF THE FUEL SUPPLY WHICH RESULTED IN FUEL STARVATION TO THE ENGINE.

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