NTSB Identification: BFO92FA093.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 52891.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 09, 1992 in PORTLAND, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/07/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA U206F, registration: CGTCM
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT WAS EN ROUTE WHEN HE NOTED A PARTIAL LOSS OF ELECTRICAL POWER AND THAT THE FUEL GAGE WAS DE-ENERGIZED. HE CONTINUED THE FLIGHT, BUT DURING AN ILS RUNWAY 29 APPROACH AT THE DESTINATION, A TOTAL LOSS OF ELECTRICAL POWER OCCURRED. THE PILOT DECIDED TO DESCEND BELOW THE CLOUDS INTO VMC, WHICH HE ENCOUNTERED AT ABOUT 400 FEET MSL OVER CASCO BAY. HE STATED THAT HE WAS READING A CHART TO LOCATE THE DESTINATION AIRPORT, WHEN THE ENGINE LOST POWER. THE PILOT DITCHED THE AIRPLANE IN THE BAY, ESCAPED FROM THE AIRPLANE, AND WAS RESCUED BY COAST GUARD, BUT THE PASSENGER DID NOT ESCAPE FROM THE AIRPLANE. DURING AN EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE, ABOUT 15 GALLONS OF FUEL WAS DRAINED FROM THE LEFT TANK AND ABOUT ONE HALF GALLON WAS DRAINED FROM THE RIGHT TANK. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND POSITIONED TO THE RIGHT TANK. THE REASON FOR THE LOSS OF ELECTRICAL POWER WAS NOT VERIFIED.

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

IMPROPER IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION BY THE PILOT, RESULTING IN FUEL STARVATION DUE TO IMPROPER POSITIONING OF THE FUEL SELECTOR. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: AN UNDETERMINED ELECTRICAL FAILURE, AND LOSS OF FUEL QUANTITY INDICATION.

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