NTSB Identification: DEN88FA111.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37009.
Accident occurred Friday, May 27, 1988 in SEBOYETA, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N, registration: N5536A
Injuries: 1 Fatal,3 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 PLT DEPARTED EL PASO, TX, AND FLEW TO DOUGLAS, AZ, WHERE THREE PAX BOARDED. THE PLT THEN FLEW TO A RANCH NEAR SEBOYETA, NM, AND LANDED ON A DIRT ROAD. AFTER CONDUCTING BUSINESS, THE PLT AND HIS PAX TOOK OFF FOR PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO. AS THE ACFT TURNED ON A X-WIND LEG, THE ENG QUIT. WHEN THE PLT LEVELED THE WINGS, THE ENG STARTED, THEN QUIT AGAIN. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A FORCED LANDING. DURING THE APPROACH, THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO AVOID AN ARROYO. THE ACFT STALLED AND CRASHED. THE PLT WAS KILLED BUT THE 3 PAX SURVIVED. POST-ACCIDENT EXAMINATION DISCLOSED TRAPPED FUEL BETWEEN THE FUEL CONTROLLER AND FUEL MANIFOLD. APRX ONE-HALF TANK OF FUEL WAS IN LEFT TANK. RT TANK WAS EMPTY. PLT WAS SEEN TO TURN FUEL SELECTOR FROM LEFT TANK TO RIGHT TANK. ALL FUEL LINES WERE SEVERED. THE ENG WAS LATER FUNCTIONALLY TESTED AND DEVELOPED FULL PWR.

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

MANEUVER..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

STALL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RAVINE


Contributing Factors

MANEUVER..ABRUPT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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