NTSB Identification: ATL83LA143.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20380.
Accident occurred Friday, March 25, 1983 in WAYCROSS, GA
Aircraft: BEECH C24R, registration: N6009A
Injuries: 3 Minor,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.

DURING FLT, THE PLT ENCOUNTERED STRONG HEADWINDS & DECIDED TO DIVERT TO WAYCROSS, GA. WHILE USING FUEL FROM THE RIGHT TANK, THE ENGINE QUIT DUE TO FUEL STARVATION. THE PLT STATED THAT THIS SURPRISED HIM SINCE THE RIGHT FUEL GAUGE NEEDLE WAS ONLY SLIGHTLY INSIDE THE RED ARC. HE SWITCHED TO THE LEFT TANK, RESTARTED THE ENGINE & CONTINUED TOWARD THE ARPT WHICH WAS IN SIGHT. WHILE ON FINAL APPROACH, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AGAIN WHEN THE LEFT TANK BECAME EMPTY. REPORTEDLY, THE LEFT FUEL GAUGE WAS ALSO ONLY SLIGHTLY IN THE RED ARC WHEN THE ENGINE QUIT. UNABLE TO GLIDE TO THE RWY, THE PLT TURNED TO LAND IN A FIELD. HE REPORTED THAT A HIGH SINK RATE DEVELOPED WHILE HE WAS CROSSING OVER TELEPHONE LINES IN A RIGHT BANK TO ALIGN WITH THE FIELD. REPORTEDLY, THE ACFT IMPACTED WHILE STILL IN A RIGHT BANK.

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:

DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..ERRATIC


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..LOW LEVEL

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