NTSB Identification: DEN05CA147.
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Accident occurred Friday, September 23, 2005 in Las Animas, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2006
Aircraft: Cessna T210L, registration: N94263
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
During initial descent, the engine lost power and the pilot initiated a forced landing to a field. While in cruise flight, the pilot "ran the left tank down to the beginning of the red, [then] switched to the right tank." Approximately 5 to 8 minutes later, the pilot noticed a loss in fuel pressure. Subsequently, the engine lost power, and the pilot's attempt to restart the engine was unsuccessful. Unable to reach an airport, the pilot initiated a forced landing to a field. During the forced landing, the airplane impacted uneven terrain, and the nose wheel collapsed. According to air traffic control, the pilot reported "he was out of fuel and unable to make the airport."
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. Contributing factors were the pilot's inadequate preflight planning and lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing. Full narrative available
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