NTSB Identification: CHI88LA225.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37679.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 27, 1988 in ALMA, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/07/1989
Aircraft: BEECH B-95, registration: N9673R
Injuries: 3 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING APPROACH TO LANDING THE PILOT ENTERED A STEEP (45 DEGREE BANK) LEFT TURN FROM BASE TO FINAL. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE DID NOT REALIZE IT AT THE TIME, BUT THIS ACTION UNPORTED THE FUEL LINE TO THE LEFT ENGINE, CAUSING THE ENGINE TO FAIL DUE TO FUEL STARVATION. WHEN THE PILOT DECIDED THAT HE WAS TOO LOW ON FINAL APPROACH, HE ELECTED TO GO-AROUND AND ADDED POWER. AT THIS TIME HE BECAME AWARE OF THE FAILURE OF THE LEFT ENGINE, AND RETARDED THE THROTTLES FOR AN EMERGENCY LANDING SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO CONTROL THE AIRCRAFT AND DRAGGED THE LEFT WING TIP AND LEFT MAIN LANDING GEAR ACROSS THE GROUND BEFORE COMING TO AN ABRUPT STOP. THE AIRCRAFT FLIGHT MANUAL WARNED AGAINST STEEP BANK TURNS/SLIPS/LANDINGS/TAKEOFFS WHEN THE FUEL TANKS CONTAIN 17 GALLONS OR LESS PER TANK. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE BELIEVED THE AIRCRAFT FUEL TANKS CONTAINED 17-18 GALLONS EACH AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION



Contributing Factors

INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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