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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 177354
Last updated: 2 June 2020
This record is based on the official accident investigation report. It has been locked for editing.

Date:07-MAY-2004
Time:12:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-6
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N29KB
C/n / msn: 001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Paragonah, UT -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Provo, UT (PVU)
Destination airport:Parowan, UT (1L9)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot stated he visually inspected the fuel tanks and determined the right tank was just over 1/2 full, and the left tank was approximately 1/4 full, for an estimated total of 16 gallons. The pilot wrote, "A visual check confirmed fuel, but it is difficult to judge [the] amount visually." At a fuel consumption rate of 10 gallons per hour, the pilot estimated he had at least 1.5 hours endurance, which would allow him to complete the flight. The pilot flew for 25 minutes on the right tank, flew 25 minutes on the left tank, then switched back to the right tank. Shortly thereafter, the right fuel gauge registered empty. The pilot switched back to the left tank and "about 12 miles [from his destination] the tank went dry." The engine lost power shortly thereafter, and he made a forced landing in a field. During the landing, the left wing tip struck a berm and was sheared off. The left fuel tank was breached, the firewall was buckled, and the engine separated from the firewall. The pilot said that he "should have had enough fuel for the trip but unfortunately that proved not to be the case."
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight and in-flight planning/decision which resulted in fuel exhaustion and the loss of engine power. The berm and the pilot not stopping to refuel the airplane were contributing factors.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20040621X00836&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Jun-2015 17:47 Noro Added
25-Jun-2016 20:23 junior sjc Updated [Aircraft type]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
13-Feb-2017 07:37 junior sjc Updated [Narrative]
07-Dec-2017 18:02 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]