NTSB Identification: DEN07CA087.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, April 26, 2007 in Hatch, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/27/2007
Aircraft: Cessna 310R, registration: N3700G
Injuries: 1 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.
The pilot stated that during the flight the left engine lost power. The pilot stated that he did not switch fuel tanks. The pilot elected to perform a forced landing in the desert. During the landing the right wing impacted "high vegetation," resulting in substantial damage. A visual inspection revealed that the auxiliary fuel tanks were empty. An examination of the airplane’s systems revealed no anomalies.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's inattentiveness to the fuel flow and fuel selector valve position resulting in fuel starvation. Contributing factors were the pilot's failure to follow proper engine failure procedures, and the pilot's improper in-flight planning and decision making. Full narrative available
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