NTSB Identification: BFO85LA040.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29562.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, April 25, 1985 in FISHERSVILLE, VA
Aircraft: BEECH E18S, registration: N67A
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WEATHER CONDITIONS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, THE INTENDED DESTINATION, RESULTED IN A MISSED APPROACH AND DIVERSION TO SHENANDOAH VALLEY AIRPORT, WHERE TWO MORE MISSED APPROACHES WERE EXECUTED. ON THE CLIMB OUT FROM THE SECOND MISSED APPROACH, THE LEFT ENGINE FAILED FROM FUEL EXHAUSTION, ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, AFTER THE ACCIDENT. THE LEFT PROPELLER WAS FEATHERED AND THE PLT INFORMED WASHINGTON CENTER OF THE SITUATION AND REQUESTED VECTORS TO WAYNESBORO AIRPORT. WHILE ENROUTE TO WAYNESBORO, THE RIGHT ENGINE BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH AND LEVEL FLIGHT COULD NOT BE MAINTAINED. SHORTLY AFTERWARDS THE RIGHT ENGINE FAILED. THE PLT LANDED IN A FIELD, CONTINUED OVER AN EMBANKMENT, AND CAME TO REST ON VIRGINIA ROUTE 608. INITIAL INSPECTION OF THE ACFT REVEALED LITTLE OR NO FUEL.

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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