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NTSB Identification: CEN17LA162
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Salida, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/06/2018
Aircraft: CESSNA 210, registration: N9589T
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 private pilot was landing the airplane at the conclusion of a cross-country flight when the engine experienced a total loss of power in the airport traffic pattern. The pilot attempted to restart the engine without success and subsequently landed the airplane in a field, where it impacted a fence and irrigation equipment. The pilot stated the right fuel tank was selected at the time of the accident. Postaccident examination revealed that the right tank contained 14 to 15 gallons of fuel, and that the left fuel tank contained about 1 gallon of fuel. The fuel selector was in the right tank position. The engine functioned normally during a postaccident test run. Given the lack of engine anomalies, it is likely that the airplane was operating on the left tank at the time of the accident, and the loss of engine power was the result of fuel starvation; it is likely that the pilot moved the fuel selector to the right tank position during his attempt to restart the engine.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s inadequate fuel management, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.