NTSB Identification: CEN14LA194
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 06, 2014 in Lee's Summit, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2014
Aircraft: CESSNA T210M, registration: N761BT
Injuries: 2 Serious.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
Two company pilots were repositioning the airplane when it experienced a total loss of engine power. The left-seat pilot had to maneuver around obstructions to perform a forced landing to a field. The airplane landed with partial flaps on a soft field. A landing using full flaps would have reduced excess impact energy and mitigated airplane damage and injury. The left-seat pilot reported that he did not use his available seat belt. Examination of the airplane revealed no usable fuel onboard. No mechanical anomalies were noted that would have precluded normal airplane operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilots’ inadequate preflight planning and fuel management, which resulted in fuel exhaustion, a loss of engine power, and a forced landing on a soft field. Contributing to the accident was the flying pilot’s improper use of flaps during the forced landing.
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