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N4024B accident description

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Crash location 35.713611°N, 86.589166°W
Nearest city Eagleville, TN
35.741733°N, 86.649718°W
3.9 miles away
Tail number N4024B
Accident date 03 Mar 2005
Aircraft type Bellanca 17-30A
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On March 3, 2005, about 2100 central standard time, a Bellanca 17-30A, N4024B, registered to and operated by the private pilot, collided with trees and the ground following a loss of engine power in Eagleville, Tennessee. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91 with no flight plan filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The private pilot received minor injuries, and the airplane was destroyed. The flight departed John C. Tune Airport, Nashville, Tennessee, about 2035.

Prior to the accident flight, the pilot completed two 15-minute flights, and one 2.5-hour flight to practice instrument approaches. The pilot estimated the airplane had 17 gallons of fuel on board when he departed Nashville, Tennessee. The flight was cruising at 3,000 feet approximately 15 nautical miles north of Bomar Field - Shelbyville Municipal Airport, Shelbyville, Tennessee, when the engine sputtered and lost power. The pilot stated he moved the fuel selector from the auxiliary fuel tank to the right main fuel tank, established glide airspeed, and reported the loss of engine power to the Nashville air traffic control tower. The pilot stated he tried to find a road or clearing for landing, but he could not distinguish the terrain in the darkness. The pilot glided the airplane toward a dark area, then turned on the landing light and immediately saw treetops. The airplane collided with the trees and the ground.

Examination of the accident site revealed the airplane came to rest inverted in a wooded area. The right wing was separated, and the left wing, fuselage, and empennage were damaged. The engine was separated and found resting beside the cabin, and the propeller was separated. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunction with the airplane. He stated he had planned to change the selected fuel tank in five or ten minutes, and he had inadvertently allowed the auxiliary tank to run out of fuel before switching to a tank containing fuel. The elevation at the accident site was approximately 830 feet.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's mismanagement of the fuel supply by his failure to switch the fuel selector position , which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.

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