NTSB Identification: LAX83LVG06
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 29, 1982 in CHICO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1983
Aircraft: BEECH G35, registration: N4428D
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 AIRCRAFT WAS ON A FLIGHT FROM ARCATA, CA TO SACRAMENTO, CA WITH EN ROUTE STOPS AT REDDING, RED BLUFF AND CHICO. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT WHEN HE WAS ON FINAL APPROACH TO LAND AT CHICO, THE ENGINE LOST POWER. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK ELEMENTS OF THE LOCALIZER ANTENNA DURING A FORCED LANDING. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS EQUIPPED WITH TWO MAIN FUEL TANKS AND TWO AUXILIARY TANKS. THE AUXILIARY TANKS WERE PLACARDED FOR USE IN LEVEL FLIGHT ONLY. THE RIGHT MAIN TANK WAS FOUND EMPTY, THE LEFT MAIN WAS ABOUT 1/4 FULL. THE PILOT REPORTED HE WAS UNABLE TO REMEMBER WHICH FUEL TANK WAS BEING USED DURING THE APPROACH. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS FOUND POSITIONED TO THE "OFF" POSITION. THE ENGINE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY GIVEN A TEST RUN AND OPERATED NORMALLY.

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 SYSTEM..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..APPROACH LIGHT/NAVAID

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