NTSB Identification: DEN84LA232.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25190.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 21, 1984 in DURANGO, CO
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N5754K
Injuries: 1 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 ENGINE QUIT AS THE PLT MANEUVERED OVER A RIDGE LINE AFTER OPERATING OVER 1 HOUR WITHOUT REFUELING EVEN THOUGH FUEL WAS AVAILABLE AT THE LAST STOP. THE PLT SAID THE FUEL GAGES INDICATED 6 GALLONS OF FUEL REMAINING. OF THIS ABOUT 2 ARE UNUSABLE IN LEVEL CRUISE AND MORE UNUSABLE WHEN MANEUVERING. THE FAA INSPECTOR WHO DRAINED THE ACFT AFTER THE ACCIDENT SAID ABOUT 4 GALLONS WERE ON BOARD. THE PLT WAS ONLY 5 MILES FROM DESTINATION WHEN FLAMEOUT OCCURRED, WHICH CANOCCUR FROM FUEL FLOW INTERRUPTION WHEN 'SLOSHING' DURING MANEUVERS. THE ENGINE WILL NOT RE-IGNITE UNLESS IT HAS IGNITIONSUCH AS AN AUTO RELIGHT WHICH THIS ACFT DID NOT HAVE. THE PLT DID NOT MENTION ANY ATTEMPTS TO RESTART.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION


Contributing Factors

AUTOROTATION..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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