NTSB Identification: SEA86LA171.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31663.
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 15, 1986 in KETCHIKAN, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA A185F, registration: N6336E
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 PLT WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND WHEN THE ENGINE CEASED OPERATING AS THE THROTTLE WAS ADVANCED. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT STRUCK AN EMBANKMENT SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. THE PLT HAD SELECTED THE RIGHT FUEL TANK, ALTHOUGH THE NORMAL PROCEDURES IN THE OPERATING MANUAL STATED THAT THE FUEL SELECTOR SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON BOTH. AN EXAM REVEALED THAT THE RIGHT FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY, BUT THE LEFT FUEL TANK CONTAINED APRX 8 GAL OF FUEL. THE PLT STATED THAT THE FUEL GAGES HAD PROVIDED A FALSE INDICATION; HE HAD SELECTED THE RIGHT TANK SINCE THE FUEL GAGE INDICATED IT HAD MORE FUEL.

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..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..FALSE INDICATION

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