NTSB Identification: LAX91LA381.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45497.
Accident occurred Monday, September 02, 1991 in CALEXICO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA C-210, registration: N2580S
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 REPORTED A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DURING A DESCENT SHORTLY AFTER SWITCHING FUEL TANKS FROM THE RIGHT TANK TO THE LEFT TANK. THE AIRPLANE LANDED SHORT OF THE RUNWAY AND NOSED OVER INTO A RIVER. EXAMINATION OF THE FUEL TANKS REVEALED NO FUEL WAS PRESENT IN THE RIGHT FUEL TANK AND ABOUT 20 GALLONS OF FUEL AND WATER WERE NOTICED IN THE LEFT FUEL TANK. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF A MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION WITH THE ENGINE.

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

A NON-MECHANICAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DUE TO FUEL STARVATION FROM THE PILOT'S IMPROPER USE OF THE FUEL SUPPLY.

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