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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173570
Last updated: 25 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic M20P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mooney M20R
Registration: N5284C
C/n / msn: 29-0079
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sheridan, AR -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Walnut Ridge, AR (ARG)
Destination airport:Brownsville, TX (BRO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The aircraft engine lost power 2.5 miles from its destination. Prior to departure the 4,800-hour pilot reported topping-off the fuel tanks with 82 gallons of fuel. Examination of the airplane by an FAA inspector, who responded to the accident site, revealed that the right fuel tank contained approximately 25 gallons of fuel, and the left fuel tank was empty. The fuel selector valve was observed to be in the "LEFT" tank position. An engine run was conducted on February 24, 2004, under the supervision of a FAA inspector, who reported finding no anomolies.
Probable Cause: The loss of engine power due to fuel starvation as a result of the pilot's improper positioning of the fuel tank selector. A factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.



Revision history:

04-Feb-2015 15:35 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:36 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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