NTSB Identification: MKC85FA111.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28102.
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 22, 1985 in BELTON, MO
Aircraft: BEDEELL BD-5, registration: N500BR
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.

WHILE TURNING FROM DOWNWIND TO BASE A LOSS OF PWR WAS EXPERIENCED AFTER WHICH THE ACFT STALLED AND IMPACTED A CORN FLD. THE WRECKAGE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF FUEL IN THE LEFT TANK AND ONLY ABOUT AN OUNCE OF FUEL IN THE CARBURETOR. FUEL BURN ON THE TERRAIN UNDER THE RIGHT WING INDICATED FUEL WAS AVAILABLE IN THE RIGHT TANK. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS POSITIONED ON THE LEFT TANK. FURTHER EXAMINATION REVEALED A SEALANT USED ON THE WING FUEL TANKS HAD COATED THE GLASS SIGHT FUEL GAGES THUS RESTRICTING THE PLTS ABILITY TO ADEQUATELY DETERMINE FUEL QUANTITY INFLIGHT.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..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

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..CONTAMINATION

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