NTSB Identification: SEA88FA113.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36374.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 18, 1988 in BELLEVUE, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/09/1989
Aircraft: BEECH 58P, registration: N17795
Injuries: 5 Minor.

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 REPORTED THAT 20 GALLONS OF FUEL WAS ADDED ON MAY 18 AND STATED THIS BROUGHT THE MAIN TANKS UP TO NEAR FULL (160 GAL). BETWEEN THAT FUELING AND THE ACC A TOTAL OF 6.0 HOURS WERE RECORDED AND AN ADDITIONAL 80 GALLONS OF FUEL WAS ADDED. RECORDS AT THE ACC SITE REVEALED THAT THE FUEL BURN RATE OF THE ACFT WAS 40 GAL/HR (TOTAL). THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE RELIED ON THE EXTERNAL WING SITE GAUGES AND KNOWN FUEL ADDED FOR FUEL INFORMATION RATHER THAN THE COCKPIT GAUGES WHICH HE CONSIDERED UNRELIABLE. ADDITIONALLY, THE PLT PREFERRED NOT TO 'TOP OFF' THE FUEL SYSTEM TO KEEP THE ACFT WEIGHT LOW. AFTER DEPARTING FOR THE 98 NM RETURN TRIP TO SEATTLE THE ACFT EXHAUSTED ALL FUEL ABOARD APPROX 8 NM SHORT OF DEST. THE PLT THEN EXECUTED A FORCED LDG ONTO A DIVIDED RESIDENTIAL STREET WHICH WAS THE ONLY SUITABLE TERRAIN AVAILABLE. DURING THE LDG THE ACFT STRUCK A LIGHT POLE AND VEHICLE. POST ACC INVEST REVEALED THAT THE ACFT WAS NOT REFUELED AT CHELAN, WA FOR THE RETURN TRIP.

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..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


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