NTSB Identification: ATL85LA026.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26842.
Accident occurred Friday, November 02, 1984 in BAY ST. LOUIS, MS
Aircraft: MOONEY M20C, registration: N9315V
Injuries: 1 Minor,3 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.

PRIOR TO DEPARTING ON A FLT FROM ARLINGTON, TX, TO GULFPORT, MS, THE PLT STATED THAT HE CHECKED AND FOUND THE FUEL TANKS FULL. ABOUT 17 MILES FROM GULFPORT THE FUEL GAGE SHOWED A RAPID LOSS OF FUEL AT WHICH TIME THE PLT SWITCHED TANKS.TWO MINUTES LATER THERE WAS A TTL LOSS OF POWER. THE PLT WAS GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS AND HEADINGS TO NEARBY ARPT FOR AN EMERGENCY LANDING. WHEN THE PLT HAD THE ARPT IN SIGHT HE ENTERED A LEFT BASE AND FINAL FOR LANDING. THE ACFT LANDED ABOUT 1/2 MILE FROM THE RWY SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGING THE ACFT. A POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION SHOWED BOTH FUEL TANKS WERE EMPTY. A TEST RUN WAS MADE AFTER ADDING FUEL AND THE ENGINE RAN WITH NO DISCREPANCIES.

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 CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WET

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