NTSB Identification: DEN86FA033.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30674.
Accident occurred Sunday, December 01, 1985 in FRANKTOWN, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA 421B, registration: N249JM
Injuries: 4 Serious,2 Minor.

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.

THE ACFT DEPARTED NASHVILLE, TN, FOR A FLT TO ASPEN, CO. THE PLTS MADE ONE REFUELING STOP AT CHANUTE, KS. THE PLTS WERE UNABLE TO LAND AT ASPEN OR A NEARBY ALTERNATE ARPT (EAGLE, CO) AND ELECTED TO RETURN BACK TO THE DENVER AREA. THE PLTS INDICATED TO AN ARTCC CONTROLLER THAT THEY WERE LOW FUEL. BEFORE THEY COULD REACH AN ARPT THE PLT TOLD THE CONTROLLER THEY HAD ENG FAILURE AND THOUGHT THEY HAD RUN OUT OF FUEL. DURING THE EMERGENCY DESCENT THE ACFT STRUCK AN ELECTRICAL POWER POLE, POWER LINES AND THEN THE GROUND. INSPECTION OF THE ACFT REVEALED 2 TO 3 GALLONS OF FUEL REMAINING IN EACH MAIN FUEL TANK.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE



Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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