NTSB Identification: DEN85FA134.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30245.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 12, 1985 in CARRIZOZO, NM
Aircraft: ENSTROM F-28F, registration: N8618A
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 STUDENT PILOT DEPARTED ALBIQUERQUE, NM WITH LESS THAN FULL FUEL TANKS AND A WORN OUT ENG DRIVEN FUEL PUMP WHICH ALLOWED FUEL TO BE PUMPED OVERBOARD. NO FLT PLAN WAS FILED. DURING HIS VMC X-COUNTRY FLT, THE ENG FAILED AND AN UNSUCCESSFUL AUTOROTATION RESULTED IN FATAL INJURIES. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE FUEL GAUGE WAS INACCURATE AND NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE LINES SUPPLYING FUEL TO THE ENG. THE ENG WAS NOT RUNNING AT THE TIME IMPACT.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..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

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,PUMP..WORN


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,PUMP..SIPHONING

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