NTSB Identification: LAX03LA014.
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Accident occurred Monday, October 21, 2002 in Riverside, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/28/2004
Aircraft: Cessna 210C, registration: N9788X
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor.

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During the instrument approach the engine quit, and the pilot attempted a forced landing in hilly terrain and poor visibility. According to flight planning information recovered from inside the airplane, it had departed with full fuel (63.5 useable gallons). The airplane had been airborne for about 3:17 hours at the time of the accident. Prior to disassembly of the airplane for recovery, the recovery agent drained the fuel tanks. The left tank had about 13 gallons of blue liquid with the odor of aviation gasoline, and the right tank was empty. The manufacturer ran the engine in a test cell. It performed normally without any hesitation or interruptions in power from idle to full throttle.

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

the pilot's failure to position the fuel selector to the tank containing fuel resulting in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.

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