NTSB Identification: DEN88FA087.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36029.
Accident occurred Friday, March 25, 1988 in ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/08/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 421A, registration: CGVDG
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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 PLT AND ONE PAX WERE ON A BUSINESS TRIP IN THE U.S. FROM CANADA. THE PLT HAD THE ACFT FUEL TANKS 'TOPPED OFF' PRIOR TO DEPARTURE FROM KANSAS CITY. THE FLT PLAN INDICATED 3 HOURS 30 MIN ENROUTE TO ALBUQUERQUE WITH 5 HOURS 30 MIN OF FUEL ON BOARD. STRONG ENROUTE WINDS AND TURBULENCE WERE FORECAST ALONG THE ROUTE OF FLIGHT. THE ACTUAL FLIGHT WAS 4.4 HRS. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED WHILE TURNING FROM BASE LEG TO FINAL AT THE ALBUQUERQUE INT'L ARPT. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF FUEL IN OR AROUND THE AIRCRAFT. THE MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDS USING THE MAIN TANKS FOR 90 MINUTES BEFORE SWITCHING TO ANY AUX TANK TO PREVENT VENTING OF RETURN FUEL OVERBOARD. VENTED FUEL WILL DIMINISH FUEL SUPPLY.

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

FUEL SYSTEM..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL DUMPED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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