NTSB Identification: FTW83LA160.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22152.
Accident occurred Friday, March 18, 1983 in TORREON, NM
Aircraft: BEECH K35, registration: N5395E
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.

THE PILOT, WHO WAS NOT CERTIFICATED, STATED THAT PRIOR TO DEPARTURE HE RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING BY TELEPHONE FROM THE FSS. ENROUTE, AFTER MAKING SEVERAL HEADING CHANGES TO AVOID WX HE FOUND HIMSELF SURROUNDED BY LOW CEILING AND PRECIPITATION. HE DECIDED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING ON A PAVED ROAD. ON THE FINAL TURN, THE ENGINE QUIT DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE PILOT HAD SWITCHED TO HIS AUXILIARY TANK JUST PRIOR TO DECIDING TO LAND AND NEGLECTED TO SWITCH BACK TO THE MAIN TANKS.

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..SELECTED..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

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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