NTSB Identification: LAX85LA270.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28086.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 09, 1985 in BIGGS, CA
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164, registration: N363Y
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.

THE PLT STATED THAT WHILE LOADING THE ACFT WITH SPRAY MIX HE LOOKED AT HIS FUEL QUANTITY GAGE AND BELIEVED HE HAD ENOUGH FUEL FOR ONE MORE AERIAL APPLICATION FLT. THE PLT CONTINUED TO STATE THAT SHORTLY AFTER LIFTOFF THE ENGINE QUIT AND A FORCED LANDING WAS ACCOMPLISHED IN A WHEAT FLD. 360 FT AFTER TOUCHDOWN THE ACFT HIT A DRAINAGE DITCH AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT REVEALED THAT THE FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY. THE PLT STATED ON HIS REPORT TO THE NTSB THAT HE BELIEVED THE FUEL GAGE HAD STUCK, GIVING HIM A FALSE INDICATION.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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