NTSB Identification: FTW87FA102.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34239.
Accident occurred Friday, April 24, 1987 in LUFKIN, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/07/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA T210L, registration: N4637Q
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 PILOT REDUCED POWER AND WAS DESCENDING FOR A VFR STRAIGHT-IN APPROACH WHEN THE ENGINE QUIT. THE PILOT HAD THE SELECTOR ON THE LEFT TANK WITH 4 TO 5 GALLONS OF FUEL REMAINING IN THIS TANK. DURING THE DESCENT THE FUEL TANK OUTLET LINE BECAME UNPORTED CAUSING AIR TO BE DRAWN INTO THE FUEL SYSTEM. THE PILOT SWITCHED TO THE RIGHT TANK BUT DID NOT REALIZE THE ENGINE WAS NOT OPERATING UNTIL HE ADDED POWER ON FINAL APPROACH. HE COULD NOT RESTART THE ENGINE AND A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE IN A PASTURE ON ROUGH AND UNEVEN TERRAIN. THE PILOT COULD NOT REMEMBER TURNING ON THE ELECTRIC FUEL BOOST PUMP. DURING IMPACT A SMALL FIRE ERUPTED AND CONSUMED THE COCKPIT, CABIN AREA AND INBOARD HALF OF THE LEFT WING. THE BOOST PUMP SWITCH POSITION COULD NOT BE DETERMINED DUE TO THE FIRE.

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 TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL BOOST PUMP SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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