Preliminary Accident Reports

April 1999 Issue

Jan. 23, Granbury, Texas / Cessna 180J Skywagon

At 10:30 CST, a Cessna Skywagon was damaged during a hard landing following a loss of engine power near Granbury. The two occupants were not injured. The pilot and the passenger reported that during the preflight, the fuel tanks were dipped. The right fuel tank was empty and the left fuel tank contained 17 gallons. The fuel selector was positioned to the left tank for the flight. After 7 to 10 minutes of ground run and taxi time, the flight departed on runway 33 for the Granbury Municipal Airport for refueling. Approximately 2 to 3 minutes after takeoff, the engine started “coughing, sputtering, and missing like it was not getting fuel.” The pilot switched the fuel selector to the “BOTH” pos...

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