NTSB Identification: LAX83FUM07.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21374.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 14, 1983 in VALLEY CENTER, CA
Aircraft: BELL 47G-5, registration: N2252W
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT WAS DAMAGED DURING A FORCED LANDING FOLLOWING A POWER LOSS WHILE ENGAGED IN AERIAL APPLICATION. THE PILOT TOOK OFF WITH 25 GALLONS OF FUEL WHICH HE SAID WAS USUALLY ENOUGH FOR SPRAYING 40-50 ACRES. THIS JOB WAS 19 ACRES BUT IT WAS 10-12 MILES AWAY AT 1400 FT MSL. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE ACFT FUEL SYSTEM CONTAINED ONLY 1 PINT OFFUEL. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE POWER LOSS MAY HAVE BEEN THE RESULT OF FUEL EXHAUSTION. NO OTHER REASON FOR POWER LOSS WAS DISCOVERED.

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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


Contributing Factors

AUTOROTATION..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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