NTSB Identification: LAX85LA005.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26441.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 07, 1984 in CORNING, CA
Aircraft: BEECH H35, registration: N3SE
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

PLT STATED HE DEPARTED SACRAMENTO EARLIER IN THE DAY WITH THE TIP TANKS EMPTY AND THE MAIN AND AUX FUEL TANKS FULL (APRX 57 GALLONS USABLE FUEL). HE STATED HE USED THE LEFT MAIN FUEL TANK FOR 35 MINUTES AND THEN SWITCHED TO THE RIGHT MAIN TANK FOR REMAINING 15 MINUTES TO REDDING. APRX 20 MINUTES AFTER DEPARTING REDDING, THE ENGINE QUIT. A FORCED LANDING WAS ATTEMPTED ON FREEWAY OVERPASS DURING WHICH LEFT WING CONTACTED A CEMENT GUARD RAIL. ACFT TRAVELED OFF OVERPASS ONTO A GRASS INCLINE. EXAMINATION REVEALED RIGHT MAIN FUEL TANK WAS EMPTY. LEFT MAIN, LEFT AUX AND RIGHT AUX TANKS WERE FULL. ELECTRIC FUEL BOOST PUMP OPERATED INTERMITTENTLY REQUIRING A MANUALLY OPERATED PUMP TO START ENGINE. ONE TERMINAL WIRE FOUND LOOSE ON BOOST PUMP BREAKER SWITCH ALLOWING SWITCH TO FAIL UNDER LOAD CONDITIONS. NO OTHER MECHANICAL FAILURE/MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND.

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:

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM,PUMP..ERRATIC

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