NTSB Identification: CHI84FA112.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26784.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 18, 1984 in OAKTOWN, IN
Aircraft: BEECH A23A, registration: N3639Q
Injuries: 2 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.

ACFT STALLED & CRASHED AFTER A PWR LOSS DURING NIGHT X-COUNTRY FLT. PLT RADIOED A 'MAYDAY' CALL AFTER REPORTING 3 MINS EARLIER HE HAD 30-45 MINS OF FUEL REMAINING. INDIANAPOLIS ARTCC WAS GIVING FLT ASSISTANCE TO N3639Q & ADVISED THE FLT OFAN ARPT AT 'YOUR TWO O'CLOCK POSITION AND 3 MILES.' THIS OCCURRED AFTER SOME DISCUSSION, WHICH STARTED AT 0522:45, ABOUTTHE FLTS LOW FUEL STATE AND FUEL REMAINING VS DISTANCE TO EVANSVILLE. HUF SECTOR ADVISED AT 0530:51, 'THERE ARE SEVERAL,UH, SMALLER ARPTS ALONG THE WAY THERE IF YOU, UH, NEED TO GO DOWN, LET US KNOW.' PLT MADE NO DECISION AT THIS TIME. AT 0535:38, PLT WAS AGAIN QUESTIONED ABOUT FUEL AND ADVISED THAT HIS ESTIMATE OF FUEL REMAINING WAS CAUTIONARY FOR THE REMAINING DISTANCE TO DESTINATION. PLT CONFIRMED THAT ENOUGH FUEL REMAINED. AT 0538:35, PLT TRANSMITTED, '39QUEBEC OUT OF GAS. GOING DOWN AT THIS TIME.' THE PLT CONTINUED TO COMMUNICATE BY RADIO AND WAS VECTORED TOWARD AN ARPT. APRX 1 MIN AFTER THE ARPT WAS SIGHTED, RADIO CONTACT WAS LOST.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

REFUELING..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

PERFORMANCE DATA..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

WING..DARK NIGHT



Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL DETECTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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