NTSB Identification: LAX83FVD03
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 26, 1982 in LINDEN, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/26/1983
Aircraft: BEECH B35, registration: N5236C
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 AIRCRAFT ENGINE LOST POWER DURING A NIGHT CROSS-COUNTRY.THE PILOT WAS FORCED TO LAND IN A GROVE OF YOUNG WALNUT TREES. THE AIRCRAFT HIT WITH ONE WING LOW AND SPUN AROUND. ALL MOTION STOPPED IN A VERY SHORT DISTANCE. AN EXAMINATION REVEALED THAT BOTH FUEL TANKS WERE EMPTY. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE LEFT FUEL GAUGE INDICATED THAT THE TANK WAS 1/3 FULL WHEN THE ENGINE LOST POWER.

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:

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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