NTSB Identification: LAX83LA157.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20324.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 24, 1983 in NEAR GLOBE, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 401, registration: N401G
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 WAS CRUISING AT 13000 FEET MSL ON A CROSS COUNTRY WHEN THE ENGINES LOST POWER. THE PILOT HAD BEEN USING FUEL FROM THE MAIN TANKS FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES AFTER BEING ON THE AUX. TANKS FOR THE PREVIOUS HOUR. THE PILOT RESTARTED BOTH ENGINES ON THE AUX. TANKS AND USED THESE TANKS UNTIL THEY RAN DRY. HE THEN SWITCHED BACK TO MAIN TANKS AND AFTER 3 MINUTES THE ENGINES LOST POWER. THE FIRST POWER LOSS OCCURRED JUST AFTER THE PILOT ENCOUNTERED LIGHT ICING. AFTER THIS FIRST POWER LOSS ALBUQUERQUE CENTER WANTED TO VECTOR ACFT TO GLOBE AIRPORT BUT PILOT ELECTED TO CONTINUE ON TO PHOENIX. AFTER THE 2ND LOSS OF POWER THE PILOT HAD TO LAND OFF AIRPORT ON A SAND BAR. THE PILOT WAS NOT INJURED. EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE AND FUEL SYSTEM FAILED TO REVEAL ANY REASON FOR POWER LOSS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
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