NTSB Identification: FTW86LA070.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30291.
Accident occurred Friday, April 18, 1986 in EL PASO, TX
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-300, registration: N4881V
Injuries: 1 Serious,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 ENG QUIT DUE TO FUEL STARVATION. THE ACFT HAD BEEN FLOWN 2.6 HOURS ON THE MAIN TANKS. NORMAL OPERATING TIME ON THE MAIN TANKS IS 2.5 HOURS ACCORDING TO THE OWNER'S MANUAL OF THE BELLANCA VIKING 300 SERIES. AT THE CRASH SITE THE MAIN TANKS WERE FOUND EMPTY AND THE AUX TANKS WERE FULL. THE PLT HAD FAILED TO SWITCH FROM THE MAIN TANKS TO THE AUX TANKS. NO EVIDENCE OF ENG MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND TO EXIT WHEN EXAMINED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND
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