NTSB Identification: FTW83LA021
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 24, 1982 in BASTROP, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/24/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 310C, registration: N1739H
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.

THE PILOT WAS PREPARING FOR AN ENROUTE LANDING WHEN HE GOT AN UNSAFE GEAR LIGHT. WHILE TROUBLE-SHOOTING, THE LEFT ENGINE STOPPED. HE FEATHERED THE LEFT ENGINE AND ALMOST IMMEDIATELY THE RIGHT ENGINE QUIT. THE PILOT FAILED TO REACH THERUNWAY DURING THE POWER OFF APPROACH AND LANDED 300 YARDS SHORT. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE LEFT FEATHER LEVER WAS IN FEATHER POSITION BUT THROTTLE AND MIXTURE WERE ON. THE RIGHT PROP WAS NOT FEATHERED BUT THE THROTTLE WAS CLOSED AND THE MIXTURE WAS OFF AS IF THE ENGINE HAD BEEN SHUT DOWN. THE PILOT STATED HE DID NOT MOVE ANY CONTROLS AFTER THE ACCIDENT. IT IS BELIEVED THE LEFT ENGINE QUIT BECAUSE OF FUEL EXHAUSTION SINCE THE AIRCRAFT HAD FLOWN TO THE LIMITS OF ITS FUEL RANGE.

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WRONG ENGINE SHUTDOWN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MENTAL PERFORMANCE OVERLOAD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..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

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NORMAL RETRACTION/EXTENSION ASSEMBLY..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

GEAR EXTENSION..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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