NTSB Identification: LAX85FA301.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30230.
Accident occurred Monday, July 01, 1985 in CORONA, CA
Aircraft: BEECH 95-B55, registration: N5794X
Injuries: 3 Fatal,1 Serious.

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.

DURING EN ROUTE DESCENT THE PLT TOLD THE RADAR CONTROLLER THT HE HAD LOST AN ENG AND COULD NOT HOLD ALT. WITNESSES SAW THE ACFT DESCENDING TOWARD HILLY TERRAIN, BEGIN A RIGHT TURN, THEN ABRUPTLY PITCH DOWN AND ROLL RIGHT TO IMPACT IN A RESIDENCE YARD ON THE RIGHT WING TIP. THE ACFT IS EQUIPPED WITH MAIN AND AUX FUEL TANKS IN EACH WING. A SELECTOR SWITCH DETERMINES WHETHER THE MAIN OR AUX TANK FUEL LEVELS ARE DISPLAYED ON THE FUEL GAGES. EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT REVEALED THAT THE FUEL SELECTORS WERE POSITIONED ON THE AUX TANKS WHILE THE FUEL GAGE WAS SELECTED TO THE MAIN TANKS. NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE AUX TANKS, WHILE ABOUT 10 GALLONS OF FUEL WERE FOUND IN THE MAIN TANKS. THE LEFT ENG FUEL LINESCONTAINED NO FUEL, WHILE THE RIGHT ENG LINES HAD FUEL. EXAMINATION OF THE PROPELLER HUBS REVEALED THAT THE RIGHT PROPELLER WAS IN THE FEATHERED POSITION WHILE THE LEFT PROPELLER WAS IN THE HIGH PITCH RANGE.

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

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SUPPLY..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WRONG PROPELLER FEATHERED..INADVERTENT..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

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..NOT SWITCHED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..GROUND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..NOT SWITCHED


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,SELECTOR/VALVE..IMPROPER


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

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

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