NTSB Identification: CEN10LA235
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 30, 2010 in El Paso, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/28/2011
Aircraft: BEECH A36TC, registration: N3692Q
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 pilot departed with approximately 5 hours of fuel on board for the planned cross country flight. Approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes into the flight, as the airplane was approaching the destination airport at 5,000 feet mean sea level, the engine suddenly stopped producing power. The pilot was unable to re-start the engine and elected to make a forced landing with the wing flaps and the landing gear fully extended. The airplane touched down about 2.5 miles short of the runway in rugged, desert terrain. During the landing, the gear collapsed and the wings collided with small sand dunes resulting in structural damage to the airplane. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the left wing exhibited impact damage, but the fuel tank was intact. There was no evidence of any fuel in the tank and the green shrubs near the wing were not discolored from contact with fuel. The right wing was more extensively damaged and the fuel tank was ruptured. The smell of fuel was noted around the breached tank and it was empty. All of the fuel lines in the engine compartment were intact, secure, and showed no evidence of leaks. No fuel was found in the fuel line located between the firewall and the engine driven fuel pump; a small amount of fuel was in the fuel line from the fuel servo to the fuel distribution manifold. It could not be definitively determined which fuel tank was selected at the time the engine quit producing power.

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

A loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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