NTSB Identification: LAX91DVW01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43620.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 04, 1990 in DEATH VALLEY, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/23/1992
Aircraft: MELTON MMI, registration: N3934
Injuries: 1 Serious.

THE HOMEBUILT AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH A DIRT EMBANKMENT AFTER MAKING AN EMERENCY LANDING IN THE DESERT. THE PILOT STATED THE AIRCRAFT FUEL CAPACITY IS 14 GALLONS AND SUBSEQUENT TO TAKEOFF THE DIRECT READING FUEL QUANTITY INDICATOR DID NOT INDICATE PROPERLY. TOWARD THE END OF THE FLIGHT THE GAUGE STARTED DECREASING RAPIDLY AND WAS INACCURATE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS AIRBORNE FOR OVER FOUR HOURS.

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

THE PILOT'S INACCURATE CALCULATION OF FUEL CONSUMPTION AND HIS DECISION TO CONTINUE THE FLIGHT WITH A MALFUNCTIONING FUEL QUANTITY INDICATOR.

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