NTSB Identification: LAX87LA145.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36213.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 14, 1987 in WILLIAMS, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/16/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA U206A, registration: N8058Z
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 A CROSSWIND TURN, SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, THE PILOT NOTICED THAT THE FUEL PRESSURE GAUGE WAS REGISTERING A LOSS OF FUEL PRESSURE AND THE ENGINE WAS EXPERIENCING A SMOOTH LOSS OF POWER. THE PILOT SAID THAT HE TURNED ON THE EMERGENCY BOOST PUMP AND VERIFIED THAT THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS POSITIONED TO THE LEFT FUEL TANK. THE PILOT SAID THAT THE ENGINE QUIT ALTOGETHER AND HE LANDED STRAIGHT AHEAD IN AN OPEN AREA. THE PILOT SAID THAT HE VISUALLY EXAMINED THE TANKS PRIOR TO TAKEOFF AND REPORTED THAT THE LEFT TANK CONTAINED ABOUT 15 GALLONS AND THE RIGHT TANK WAS EMPTY. THE AIRCRAFT WAS EXAMINED BY AN FAA AIRWORTHINESS INSPECTOR. HE REPORTED THAT ONLY SEVEN GALLONS (APPROX 1/4 TANK) WAS DRAINED FROM THE LEFT TANK AND NO FUEL WAS IN THE RIGHT TANK. THE OWNER'S MANUAL FOR THE AIRCRAFT STATES THAT WITH 1/4 TANK OR LESS, UNCOORDINATED FLIGHT IN EXCESS OF ONE MINUTE CAN CAUSE FUEL STARVATION AND ENGINE STOPPAGE.

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:

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE

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