NTSB Identification: CHI87LA091.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33149.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 07, 1987 in ALMA, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1988
Aircraft: Beech BE 36, registration: N12KT
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.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, DURING THE PREFLIGHT INSPECTION, HE DETERMINED THAT BOTH GAS TANKS WERE FULL AND 'EVERYTHING WAS IN ORDER.' AFTER APRX ONE HOUR OF LOCAL FLIGHT, THE PLT ENTERED A LEFT DOWNWIND FOR RWY 27 AT GRATIOT COMMUNITY AIRPORT, ALMA, MICHIGAN. THE PLT STATED THAT HE THEN SWITCHED TO THE OTHER FUEL TANK, WHICH WAS FULL, AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER 'ENCOUNTERED ENGINE OUT.' ACCORDING TO THE PLT, HE OBSERVED THE TANK INDICATOR AND CHECKED THE FUEL SLECTOR VALVE, WHICH 'SEEMED TO BE FIRMLY IN PLACE.' THE ACFT LANDED SHORT OF THE RWY, IN A DITCH PARALLEL TO THE RWY. INSPECTION OF THE ACFT REVEALED THAT THE ENGINE HAD NO FUEL IN ITS SYSTEMS. THE #6 FUEL LINE FROM THE FUEL SELECTOR VALVE TO THE ENGINE DRIVEN FUEL PUMP WAS DRY. WHEN THE SELECTOR VALVE WAS MOVED TO THE LH AND RH POSITIONS, WITH THE ELECTRIC FUEL BOOST PUMP ON, THE ENGINE HAD FUEL FLOW OUT OF THE ENGINE FUEL PUMP OUTLET TO THE FUEL CONTROL.

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:

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..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

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