On February 10, 1993, at approximately 1645 central standard time (CST) a Swearingen SA 26AT, N34UA, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to unsuitable terrain. The Airline Transport Rated pilot, who was also the owner, was not injured during the visual flight rules flight. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
During a telephonic interview conducted by the investigator in charge, the pilot provided the following information. He had arrived at the Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport (1F0), Ardmore, Oklahoma, for the purpose of having aircraft maintenance performed, a fuel leak in the wing. He stated that he was told that the repair facility was at the other airport in Ardmore. He departed 1F0 for the Ardmore Municipal Airport (ARD), Ardmore, Oklahoma. As he approached ARD he realized that a localized fog bank had covered the airport, he requested and received clearance to conduct an instrument landing system (ILS) approach, however, he never gained visual recognition of the runway and executed a missed approach. He followed the published missed approach procedures and was climbing to 3,000 feet when the right engine lost power and, shortly thereafter, the left engine lost power. A forced landing was made to a field that was marked with trees, fences, and rising terrain. During the touchdown, with the gear retracted, the airplane struck a line of trees and sheared portions of the wing tips.
During an interview conducted by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the pilot stated he ran out of gas.
An examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector and a certified mechanic revealed that there was no usable fuel in either of the wing cells.
The airplane was released to the owner following an examination of the maintenance records by the investigator in charge.