Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2003 Issue

May 08, Anacortes, Wash. / Beech Bonanza

At approximately 1330 Pacific time, a Beechcraft F-35 ditched in the water near Anacortes after experiencing a complete loss of engine power about 10 minutes after takeoff from Skagit Regional Airport. The pilot said he planned to fly around the local area for about 45 minutes. But while moving the fuel tank selector lever, he inadvertently turned the fuel selector to the OFF position. The engine quit and the pilot moved the selector back to the left main tank, but the engine did not restart because the pilot had forgotten to activate the fuel wobble-pump....

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