NTSB Identification: WPR12LA313
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 19, 2012 in Wells, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA T210M, registration: N6181N
Injuries: 3 Minor.

NTSB investigators may have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The engine lost all power during the final landing approach following the fifth leg of the training flight. The pilot and flight instructor were unable to perform troubleshooting steps due to the airplaneā€™s low altitude. Following a forced landing to a dirt field just short of the runway, the airplane nosed over. It was recovered the day after the accident. Although the left fuel tank was empty, the filler cap appeared to have been leaking, and it is therefore likely that the tank drained while the airplane remained inverted until it was recovered.

A postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The engine sustained minimal damage during the accident and ran successfully during the examination.

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

A loss of engine power during the final landing approach for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination did not reveal any malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

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