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N3700G accident description

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Crash location 32.823056°N, 107.095000°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Hatch, NM
32.665357°N, 107.153074°W
11.4 miles away
Tail number N3700G
Accident date 26 Apr 2007
Aircraft type Cessna 310R
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot, twenty minutes into the flight the left engine lost power. The pilot stated that he did not switch fuel tanks. Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center gave the pilot vectors to Hatch Municipal Airport, Hatch, New Mexico. He realized that he would not make it to the airport and elected to perform a forced landing in the desert. During the landing the right wing struck "high vegetation." The right wing spar was crushed aft and the right tip tank separated. After landing the pilot moved the fuel selector valve to the off position; he did not state what the original position was. The FAA stated that the auxiliary fuel tanks were empty. Fuel leaked from the tip of the right wing, and evidence of fuel was confirmed in the left fuel tank, but was not measured. An examination of the remaining airplane systems, conducted by the FAA, reveal no anomalies.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's inattentiveness to the fuel flow and fuel selector valve position resulting in fuel starvation. Contributing factors were the pilot's failure to follow proper engine failure procedures, and the pilot's improper in-flight planning and decision making.

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