NTSB Identification: MIA88FA144.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36059.
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 13, 1988 in FORT MYERS, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/1989
Aircraft: BEECH A-23, registration: N8856M
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 PRIVATE PILOT EXPERIENCED AN ENGINE FAILURE ON FINAL APPROACH AND EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING TO A WOODED AREA AND CRASHED. THE PILOT SAID HE HAD FLOWN ABOUT 2.0 HOURS ON THE RIGHT TANK AND DID NOT SWITCH TO THE LEFT TANK PRIOR TO LANDING. ANOTHER PILOT HAD FLOWN THE AIRCRAFT ABOUT .4 HOURS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT FLIGHT, SINCE THE LAST REFUELING, ALSO USING THE RIGHT TANK. THE HOBBS METER RECORDED 3 HRS FOR THE ACC FLT. THE FUEL TANK HELD 30 GALS OF FUEL AND THE ACFT USES APRX 9 GPH IN NORMAL FLT.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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