NTSB Identification: FTW01LA096.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 06, 2001 in Abilene, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/09/2001
Aircraft: Cessna T210M, registration: N555HG
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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While on final approach to the runway, the pilot "neglected to switch from the right empty tank to [the] left tank, which was 1/2 full." The pilot stated that at about 100 feet above the ground, on short final, the engine "ran out of gas." He switched to the left fuel tank, "hit the boost pump, full throttle and mixture;" however, he could not restart the engine. A forced landing was initiated, and the airplane touched down approximately 30 feet short of the runway. During the landing roll, the nose landing gear collapsed as it hit the 6-inch lip of the runway pavement. The airplane came to a stop upright on the runway about 65 yards from the approach end.

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

the loss of engine power while on final approach due to fuel starvation as a result of the pilot's improper use of the fuel selector. A contributing factor was the elevated runway edge.

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