NTSB Identification: NYC88LA151.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38401.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 29, 1988 in MERIDEN, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/24/1989
Aircraft: BEECH 23, registration: N6042X
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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 BEECH 23 LOST POWER DURING A GO-AROUND. DURING AN OFF-AIRPORT LANDING, THE ACFT STRUCK A HOUSE. THE PRIVATE PILOT DIED THE FOLLOWING DAY OF INJURIES AND THE FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF A LARGE FUEL SPILL AND ONLY RESIDUAL FUEL WAS FOUND. THE LEFT FUEL GAGE TRANSMITTER INDICATED A HIGHER QUANTITY OF FUEL THAN WAS ACTUALLY IN THE TANK ON LOW READINGS. THE AIRCRAFT HAD FLOWN 6.2 HOURS ACCORDING TO THE HOBBS METER SINCE ITS LAST REFUELING. THE AIRCRAFT FUEL TANKS ARE EQUIPPED WITH TABS TO ASSIST IN THE DETERMINATION OF THE AMOUNT OF FUEL IN THE TANKS. THIS WAS THE FIRST FLIGHT IN THE TYPE OF AIRCRAFT FOR THE PRIVATE PILOT. A WITNESS REPORTED THAT THE PRIVATE PILOT CONDUCTED THE PRE-FLIGHT AND THEN THE FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR CAME TO THE AIRCRAFT WHICH DEPARTED A FEW MINUTES LATER.

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:

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..DUAL STUDENT

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

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..RESIDENCE


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,FUEL QUANTITY FLOAT/SENSOR..ERRATIC

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