NTSB Identification: FTW85FA158.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29667.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 21, 1985 in GALVESTON, TX
Aircraft: BEECH C24R, registration: N2011M
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AT THE TIME OF THE POWER LOSS THE ACFT WAS IN THE INITIAL CLIMB FOLLOWING A TOUCH AND GO LANDING. THE FLT DEPARTED FROM HOBBY AIRPORT, HOUSTON, TX, AT 2018 CST AND COMPLETED TWO IFR PRACTICE APCHS PRIOR TO THE TOUCH AND GO. INVESTIGATION REVEALED A FEW OUNCES OF FUEL DRAINABLE FROM THE RIGHT TANK AND APRX 12 GALLONS REMAINING IN THE LEFT TANK. THE ENGINE, FUEL INJECTOR ASS'Y AND FUEL FLOW DIVIDER WERE DISASSEMBLED AND/OR TESTED REVEALING NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS. REVIEW OF THE OPERATOR'S RECORDS INDICATE THAT THE FUEL QUANTITY GAGES HAD BEEN INOPERATIVE FOR APRX 3 MONTHS. THE ACFT WAS LAST FUELED ON O2-17-85 AND HAD FLOWN APRX 2/7 HOURS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT FLIGHT BEGAN. PRIOR TO RECOVERY OF THE WRECKAGE THE FUEL INJECTOR LINES WERE LOOSENED AND FOUND DRY. TOTAL USABLE FUEL CAPACITY WAS 57.2 GALLONS. EXACT FUEL QUANTITY AFTER FUELING ON 2-17-85 IS UNKNOWN.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

MAINTENANCE..INADEQUATE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..DUAL STUDENT

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

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..DUAL STUDENT

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..PERFORMED..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

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT



Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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