NTSB Identification: LAX82FA344
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 14, 1982 in GRAND CANYON, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/14/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 402, registration: N59SA
Injuries: 1 Serious,6 Minor,3 Uninjured.

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.

THIS WAS THE 3RD FLT OF THE DAY. THE PLT COMPLETED A SERVICE ORDER FOR 32 GALS OF FUEL & LAID IT ON TOP OF A BENCH LOCATED JUST INSIDE OPEN HANGAR DOORS. THE ACFT WAS NOT REFUELED & THE ORDER WAS LATER FOUND ON THE HANGAR FLOOR AWAY FROM THE BENCH. WHILE OVER THE GRAND CANYON AT 7,500 FT THE LEFT ENG QUIT. THE PLT REPORTED THAT THE FUEL QUANTITY GAUGES INDICATED EMPTY. THE PLT HEADED FOR THE CANYON RIM & CLEARED THE RIM BY ABOUT 500 FT AGL. HE ADVISED HIS COMPANY HE WOULD TRY TO MAKE THE ARPT OR LAND IN THE CLEARING. THE RIGHT ENG QUIT & THE ACFT MADE A FORCED LANDING COLLAPSING THE GEAR. THE RIGHT MAIN(TIP), LEFT MAIN(TIP) & LEFT AUX TANKS WERE EMPTY. THE RIGHT AUX TANK CONTAINED 5 GALS.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INATTENTIVE..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 TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN




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