NTSB Identification: CHI85LA016.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27044.
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 16, 1984 in BLUE EARTH, MN
Aircraft: CESSNA 340, registration: N5422M
Injuries: 1 Serious,4 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.

DURING ARRIVAL, THE PLT WAS CLEARED FOR A VOR/DME APCH TO RWY 31. AS HE CONTINUED, HE INTERCEPTED A 12 MI ARC. HE STATED THAT WHEN HE APPLIED POWER TO LEVEL OFF AT 2800 FT MSL & NO POWER WAS AVAILABLE. HE MOVED THE MIXTURES TO FULL RICH, POSITIONED THE FUEL SELECTORS TO THE MAIN TANKS, TURNED ON THE FUEL PUMPS & CHECKED THE MAGNETO SWITCHES, BUT GOT NO RESPONSE. THE PLT THEN TURNED INTO THE WIND & ADVISED THE PASSENGERS TO PREPARE FOR A HARD LANDING. WHEN THE ACFT BROKE OUT OF THE CLOUDS, THE PLT SAW A CORN FIELD AHEAD & LANDED. DURING THE LANDING, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE CORN & THE GEAR COLLAPSED ON WET TERRAIN. VIRTUALLY NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE AUX TANKS. THE MAIN TANKS WERE APRX 1/3 TO 2/3 FULL. NO PREIMPACT/MECHANICAL PROBLEMS WERE FOUND. BOTH ENGS WERE FUNCTIONALLY CHECKED & OPERATED NORMALLY.

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:

FUEL SYSTEM..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..CROP


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WET



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