NTSB Identification: MKC85FCQ02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27444.
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 17, 1985 in LAKIN, KS
Aircraft: BEECH 35-B33, registration: N5654K
Injuries: 2 Serious,1 Uninjured.

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.

THE ACFT ATTAINED APRX 200 FT OF ALT AFTER TAKEOFF BEFORE THE ENG WAS HEARD CHANGING SOUND BEFORE THE POPPING & BACKFIRING BEGAN, ACCORDING TO WITNESSES. AFTER ALL ENG SOUNDS CEASED THE ACFT DESCENDED RAPIDLY TO A GRASSY AREA OF THE ARPT & LANDED WITH THE LNDG GEAR & FLAPS FULLY RETRACTED. THE ACFT SLID APRX 180 FT FROM INITIAL IMPACT TO A STOP;AFTER ROTATING 180 DEGREES THE ACFT ENDED THE SLIDE FACING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. POST ACC EXAM REVEALED ALL ENG CONTROLS FULL FWD. THE ENG FUEL SELECTOR WAS ON THE RT TANK. THE ACFT WAS RAISED AND TANKS DRAINED. THE RT FUEL TANK HAD.APRX 1 CUP OF FUEL IN IT. THE LEFT TANK HAD APRX 25 GALLONS. NO BREAKS OR LEAKS IN THE FUEL SYS WERE FOUND. THE FUEL LINES & FUEL CONTROL CONTAINED NO FUEL. THE ACFT WAS LAST SERVICED WITH FUEL ON 4/16/85, THE DAY BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. THE PLT STATED THAT NO FUEL WAS ADDED ON THE 17TH,THE DAY OF THE ACC.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

Index for Apr1985 | Index of months