NTSB Identification: MKC86FPG01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29996.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 11, 1986 in WEST MEMPHIS, AR
Aircraft: Beech F33A, registration: N20537
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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 CRASHED INTO THE GROUND AFTER STRIKING TREES DURING A FORCED LNDG. THE ACFT HAD EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF POWER DURING CRUISE AFTER 4 AND 1/2 HRS OF FLT. POST ACC INVESTIGATION SHOWED THAT THE RT MAIN FUEL TANK WAS ALMOST EMPTY OF FUEL AND THE LEFT MAIN HAD AN EST 10 GALLONS IN IT. WHEN QUESTIONED THE PLT COULD NOT REMEMBER WHICH TANK HE SELECTED BUT SAID IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE FULLEST. THE SELECTOR WAS FOUND ON THE LEFT TANK POSITION.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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