On September 17, 1994, at 0903 eastern standard time (est), a Cessna 210L, N732HS, registered to Clement J. Smith of Elkhart, Indiana, and piloted by a private pilot, was substantially damaged during an off airport forced landing in a corn field following a pilot reported loss of engine power. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot and one passenger reported minor injuries, a second passenger reported serious injuries. The flight departed Elkhart, Indiana, at 0900 est. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
According to the pilot's written statement accompanying NTSB Form 6120.1/2, the accident airplane's engine stopped running "...immediately after takeoff... ." The pilot said he "...turned the [fuel] selector to the right tank..." after the engine stopped running. The pilot said, "My takeoff was on the left tank which was obviously out of fuel."
The on-scene investigation confirmed the pilot's written statement; the left fuel tank was empty and the fuel tank selector was on the right fuel tank.