NTSB Identification: LAX85LA324.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29643.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 20, 1985 in SAN ANDREAS, CA
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30, registration: N7305V
Injuries: 1 Serious,3 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 TOOK OFF ON A 2 HR FLT WITH ABOUT 6 HRS OF FUEL ON BOARD. ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS DURING THE FLT, HE REPOSITIONED THE FUEL SELECTOR HANDLE. HE STATED THAT WHEN HE MADE A VERY SHALLOW TURN TO THE RIGHT, NEAR HIS DESTINATION, THE ENG SUDDENLY LOST POWER. HE ATTEMPTED TO RESTART THE ENG BY SWITCHING THE FUEL SELECTOR TO VARIOUS POSITIONS, BUT POWER WAS NOT RESTORED. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO GLIDE TO THE NEAREST ARPT, BUT HAD INSUFFICIENT ALT. SUBSEQUENTLY, HE LANDED THE ACFT IN A FIELD WITH THE GEAR RETRACTED. AN EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION THAT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED NORMAL OPERATION OF THE ENG. APRX 37 GAL OF FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE FOUR FUEL TANKS. THE LEFT MAIN FUEL TANK WAS FOUND TO BE EMPTY, BUT FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE OTHER TANKS. ONE TANK WAS VIRTUALLY FULL; ONE WAS ABOUT 1/2 FULL; THE OTHER WAS ABOUT 10% FULL.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM..INADEQUATE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..OPEN FIELD



Contributing Factors

ACFT/EQUIP,INADEQUATE DESIGN..MANUFACTURER


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