NTSB Identification: ATL89LA060.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38378.
Accident occurred Friday, December 23, 1988 in GILBERTSVILLE, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N6046V
Injuries: 1 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 PREFLT INSPECTION FUEL WAS NOTED TO BE UP TO THE SLOTS IN THE TAB FOR THE REDUCED FUEL INDICATORS, OR 20 GAL EACH TANK. A 3 HOUR, DARK NIGHT, CROSS COUNTRY WAS FLOWN TO DESTINATION. PIC SAID ACFT ARRIVED WITH ABOUT 5 GAL FUEL REMAINING IN EACH TANK. ON FINAL APPROACH THE ACFT WAS TOO HIGH AND A GO AROUND WAS INITIATED. AFTER APPLYING FULL POWER AND RAISING THE FLAPS THE ENGINE QUIT SUDDENLY AT ABOUT 650 FEET ABOVE GROUND. A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE STRAIGHT AHEAD INTO TREES. THE FLT MANUAL CAUTIONS AGAINST MAKING A TAKEOFF WITH THE FUEL GAGES INDICATING IN THE YELLOW BAND WHICH IS FROM E TO 1/3. A GO AROUND ON FINAL INVOLVES A NOSE UP ATTITUDE SIMILAR TO THAT EXPERIENCED ON TAKEOFF. EVIDENCE OF FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE RIGHT TANK & THE CARBURETOR. LEFT TANK WAS EMPTY AND RUPTURED WITH NO EVIDENCE OF FUEL. THE SELECTOR WAS ON THE LEFT TANK.

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 SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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)

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