Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2005 Issue

August 3, 2005, Rancho Murieta, Calif. / Beech A23

The airplane was substantially damaged at about 0910 Pacific time when it collided with terrain about ¼ mile short of the runway. The CFI, Student pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries. Visual conditions prevailed. While on base leg of the traffic pattern the engine lost power. An examination of the left fuel tank revealed it was full with fuel; the right fuel tank was empty. The fuel selector valve was positioned on the right tank. The Student pilot stated she did not check the airplane’s fuel quantity and could not recall if the CFI finished the preflight inspection. The Student pilot also did not recall the CFI manipulating the fuel selector or turning on the fuel pump....

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