NTSB Identification: LAX01LA065.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, December 26, 2000 in COLORADO CITY, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/17/2001
Aircraft: Cessna T210N, registration: N4729C
Injuries: 4 Minor.

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The airline transport rated pilot, who is also a maintenance technician, had just completed an annual inspection and installed an overhauled engine in the airplane. He stated that he had flown the airplane three times for a total of about 2.5 hours. During takeoff and initial climb, about 400 to 500 feet agl, the engine lost power. The pilot activated the fuel hi-boost pump, which generated brief surges of engine power. He performed a 180-degree turn back towards the airport, but was unable to reach the runway and collided with rocky terrain. He stated that he visually checked both fuel tanks during the preflight, observing about 1 inch in the left tank and about 1.5 inches in the right tank. He then checked the fuel gages, which showed about half full for each tank. At the time of the accident the fuel selector was on the left tank. The pilot stated that during a postaccident examination he found the left tank was empty. He also reported that after recovering the airplane and applying electrical power the left fuel gauge was stuck at 3/8 full.

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

the pilot's improper preflight and failure to refuel the airplane.

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