NTSB Identification: FTW83LA141.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21813.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 06, 1983 in ROSWELL, NM
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8KCAB, registration: N5042J
Injuries: 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 ARRIVAL, THE ENGINE BEGAN TO LOSE POWER AS THE ACFT WAS ON BASE LEG FOR LANDING. THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO RESTORE FULL POWER AND MADE A FORCED LANDING IN AN UMIMPROVED AREA APRX 2 MI FROM THE AIRPORT. DURING THE LANDING ROLL-OUT, THE RIGHT WING TIP HIT A LARGE WOODEN FENCE POST BEFORE THE PILOT WAS ABLE TO STOP. APRX 1 GAL OF FUEL WAS DRAINED FROM THE FUEL TANKS DURING A POST-CRASH INVESTIGATION. THE FUEL CAPACITY WAS 40 GAL, OF WHICH, .77 GAL WAS UNUSABLE. AFTER THE PREVIOUS FLIGHT (FROM ROSWELL, NM TO ADDISION, TX), 27 GAL OF FUEL WAS ADDED. THE PLT STATED THAT THE FUEL GAUGE INDICATED FULL PRIOR TO TAKEOFF; HOWEVER, HE DID NOT VISUALLY CHECK THE FUEL DURING HIS PREFLIGHT. APRX 10 MIN PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT ROSWELL, THE RIGHT TANK INDICATED EMPTY & THE LEFT TANK INDICATED ABOUT 1/8 FULL. THE TOTAL ELAPSED TIME OF THE FLIGHT WAS 3 HRS & 42 MIN IN ADDITION TO A 20 MIN GROUND DELAY AFTER STARTING THE ENGINE.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..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..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE

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