NTSB Identification: MIA07CA070.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 01, 2007 in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/14/2007
Aircraft: Cessna 206G, registration: N828EW
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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 he was 15 miles north of the destination airport when he was cleared for a left downwind landing. He said he switched from the right fuel tank to the left fuel tank, and noted the right fuel tank was indicating 20 gallons. When he selected flaps, they would not work. On short final, he attempted to apply power, and noticed the engine was not producing power. He switched to the right fuel tank, with no response from the engine. He elected to land in a field, and made a hard landing in the grass, where the airplane nosed over. Postaccident examination of the airplane by an FAA inspector revealed that the left fuel tank had ample fuel, but the right fuel tank was empty. The inspector stated that the accident airplane was out of annual inspection, and the pilot's biennial flight review was past due.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's improper fuel management during the landing approach, resulting in a loss of engine power due to fuel starvation, and a forced off-airport landing. Full narrative available
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