NTSB Identification: LAX86LA149.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31900.
Accident occurred Friday, March 21, 1986 in PHOENIX, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N, registration: N5256A
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 PILOT WAS PRACTICING INSTRUMENT APPROACHES AND REPORTED TO THE CONTROL TOWER THAT HE HAD EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER. DURING THE ATTEMPTED FORCED LANDING, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK POWER LINES AND CRASHED INVERTED IN A RIVER BED TWO MILES WEST OF THE AIRPORT. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE RIGHT WING FUEL TANK CONTAINED NO FUEL AND THAT THE LEFT WING FUEL TANK WAS FULL. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND POSITIONED TO THE RIGHT WING FUEL TANK.

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..IMPROPER..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..WIRE,STATIC


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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