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N222GL accident description

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Crash location 39.363889°N, 100.456389°W
Nearest city Hoxie, KS
39.357505°N, 100.441807°W
0.9 miles away
Tail number N222GL
Accident date 26 Apr 2013
Aircraft type Raytheon Aircraft Company G36
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On April 26, 2013, about 1835 central daylight time, a Beech G36 airplane, N222GL, conducted a forced landing near Hoxie, Kansas. The commercial pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Garmin International Inc., under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Centennial Airport (KAPA), Englewood, Colorado, about 1605 mountain daylight time, and was en route to the New Century AirCenter Airport (KIXD), Olathe, Kansas.

According to a statement provided by the pilot, while at KAPA, the airplane's fuel tanks were filled with fuel and sumped prior to flight. About an hour after departure while in cruise flight at 11,000 feet mean sea level, the engine began to run rough with vibrations and decreasing power. The propeller rpm began to decrease and the pilot attempted to restore engine power. The pilot was unable to fly to the nearest airport, and performed a landing to an open agricultural field. During the forced landing, the airplane's nose gear was sheared off and the left wing was partially separated from the fuselage with buckling of the structure above the left main landing gear.

The airplane was equipped with a Garmin G1000 integrated avonics system. A download of the data recorded by the device revealed that after departure, the airplane's engine consumed fuel from the left fuel tank until 1730 central daylight time, when the right tank was selected. Fuel from the right tank was consumed for 45 minutes before being switched back to the left tank. About 11 minutes later, the recorded fuel flow decreased from about 15 gallons per hour to 1 gallon per hour.

The airplane was transported to a repair facility in Wellston, Oklahoma. During recovery of the airplane, approximately 60 gallons of fuel was drained from the fuel tanks, with near equal amounts taken from each wing tank. An examination of the airplane at the repair facility found the fuel selector moved freely with noticeable detents. The fuel line and fuel vent lines were examined and found unobstructed. No anomalies were detected with the airframe.

The engine was removed and transported to an engine overhaul facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Under the auspices of the Federal Aviation Administration, the engine was placed on a test bed. An engine run was performed and the engine started on the first attempt and produced engine power. No anomalies were detected with the engine.

NTSB Probable Cause

The loss of engine power due to fuel starvation for reasons that could not be determined because a postaccident examination of the airframe and engine did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

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