NTSB Identification: ATL85LA016.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26632.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 20, 1984 in COMMERCE, GA
Aircraft: BEECH A-36, registration: N6316C
Injuries: 2 Minor,2 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.

AFTER CLIMBING TO 8,000 FT THE PLT NOTICED FUEL SIPHONING OUT OF THE LEFT FUEL TANK CAP. FOR THE NEXT HOUR & 20 MIN THE FLT OPERATED ON THE LEFT TANK IN AN EFFORT TO USE FUEL FROM THE LEFT TANK BEFORE IT WAS SIPHONED OUT. APRX 6 MILES NORTH OF ATHENS, GA, THE ENG LOST POWER AND THE PLT REQUESTED CLEARANCE FROM ARTCC FOR AN EMERG LANDING AT ATHENS. ACCORDING TO THE PLT, ADJUSTING THE MIXTURE CAUSED THE ENG TO RESUME NORMAL OPERATION. ARTCC WAS ADVISED AND THE PLT CONTINUED EN ROUTE. ABOUT 24 MILES FURTHER NORTH THE ENG AGAIN LOST POWER. THE INTENTIONAL GEAR-UP LANDING WAS MADE IN AN UNIMPROVED PASTURE. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED EVIDENCE OF FUEL LEAKAGE FROM THE LEFT CAP. NO FUEL REMAINED IN THE LEFT TANK. NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS WERE FOUND DURING A SUCCESSFUL TEST RUN OF THE ENG.

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,CAP..LOOSE


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,CAP..SIPHONING


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