NTSB Identification: DEN85LA058.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27141.
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 02, 1985 in LORDSBURG, NM
Aircraft: CESSNA 210B, registration: N101PQ
Injuries: 5 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.

PLT STATED THAT DURING THE FLT THE RT FUEL TANK WAS USED UNTIL EMPTY AT WHICH TIME THE LEFT TANK WAS SELECTED. APRX 20 MINUTES AFTER SWITCHING TANKS AND 2 HRS 35 MINUTES AFTER DEPARTURE, THE ENGINE BACKFIRED AND SUBSEQUENTLY QUIT. A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE DURING WHICH TIME ACFT NOSED DOWN AFTER CONTACTING A SAND DOME. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT DURING THE 4 MONTHS WHICH THE PLT OWNED THE ACFT HE HAD TO HAVE THE FUEL SYSTEM CLEANED TWICE BECAUSE OF SEDIMENT. INSPECTION OF THE ACFT DISCLOSED SEDIMENT IN THE FUEL PUMPS AND SADDLE TANKS. THE SEDIMENT WAS CLEANED OUT AND THE ENGINE WOULD NOT RUN LONGER THEN APRX 2 MINUTES ON EITHER TANK. THE FUEL SYSTEM WAS THOROUGHLY CHECKED AND THE ONLY DISCREPANCY NOTED WAS EXCESSIVE PLAY IN THE FUEL SELECTOR VALVE.

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

BLEED AIR SYSTEM,VALVE..UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..LOOSE GRAVEL/SANDY


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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