NTSB Identification: LAX85LA316.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27933.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 14, 1985 in LOS BANOS, CA
Aircraft: MOONEY M-20-E, registration: N6891U
Injuries: 4 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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH A CEMENT EMBANKMENT DURING THE LANDING ROLL AFTER COMPLETING AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN AN OPEN FIELD ABOUT 5 MILES SO. OF LOS BANOS ARPT, LOS BANOS, CA. THE PLT REPORTED THAT SHORTLY AFTER DEPARTING HARRIS-ARGO WEST ARPT (5CA7), THE ACFT EXPERIENCED A TOTAL ENGINE POWER LOSS. POST CRASH INVESTIGATION DISCLOSED BOTH WING FUEL TANKS CONTAINED LESS THAN 1 GALLON OF FUEL IN EACH TANK. THE FUEL TANKS INTEGRITY WAS NOT COMPROMISED. THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE HAD INTENDED TO REFUEL THE ACFT AT 5CA7, BUT UPON ARRIVAL HE WAS INFORMED THAT FUEL SERVICE WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE AIM AND AOPA ARPT DIRECTORIES INDICATE THAT FUEL SERVICE AT 5CA7 WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

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

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

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

LANDED AT WRONG AIRPORT..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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