NTSB Identification: LAX87LA251.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35414.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 30, 1987 in TRACY, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/27/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA T210M, registration: N761JM
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.

THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN AFTER A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER. THE PLT INDICATED THAT THE ENG FAILED AT 3,500 FT MSL. THE PLT HAD FLOWN FOR ABOUT 30 MIN WITH THE FUEL SELECTOR IN THE RIGHT TANK POSITION WHEN THE ENG QUIT. HE INITIALLY SWITCHED THE FUEL SELECTOR FROM THE RIGHT TANK TO THE LEFT TANK AND WAS UNABLE TO RESTART THE ENG. HE ATTEMPTED TO RESTART THE ENG SEVERAL MORE TIMES ALTERNATING THE FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION. EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED THE RIGHT FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY ADN THE LEFT TANK CONTAINED FUEL. FURTHER EXAM OF THE ACFT DID NOT REVEAL ANY MALFUNCTIONS. THE PLT INDICATED THAT HE ESTIMATED THE FUEL QUANTITY BASED ON PREVIOUS ACFT USE AND EXAM OF THE FUEL QUANTITY GUAGES.

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:

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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