NTSB Identification: FTW84LA048.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23424.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Friday, November 11, 1983 in TERRELL, TX
Aircraft: BEECH E55, registration: N911J
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 A FLT, LATE AT NIGHT, THE PLT TURNED ON THE HEATER. ABOUT 40 TO 45 MI NORTH OF THE LEONA VOR, HE REPORTEDLY ENGAGED THE AUTOPLT & BEGAN WORKING ON THE FLT LOGS. ABOUT 50 MI FURTHER NORTH, THE ACFT FLEW INTO A FIELD IN A WINGS LEVEL ATTITUDE. THE PLT COULD NOT RECALL ANYTHING ABOUT THE TIME FROM ENGAGEMENT OF THE AUTOPILOT UNTIL IMPACT. AN EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED THE AUX FUEL TANKS WERE EMPTY & NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE FUEL FLOW DIVIDER OR FUEL INJECTOR LINES. ALSO, THE PROP BLADES WERE BENT AFT. THE PLT SUSPECTED CARBON MONXIDE FROM THE HEATER. HOWEVER, AN EXAM OF THE HEATER REVEALED IT WAS WELL WITHIN PUBLISHED PARAMETERS & HAD NO SIGNIFICANT DISCREPANCIES. THE PLT WAS ALSO EMPLOYED AS A CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR DURING THE DAY.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FATIGUE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION

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

FUEL SYSTEM..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..NOT IDENTIFIED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


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