Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2005 Issue

June 18, 2005, Apple Valley, Calif. / Beechcraft K35 Bonanza

At about 0730 Pacific time, the airplane collided with a pole during a forced landing on a dirt road and was substantially damaged. The Commercial pilot sustained minor injuries; the single passenger aboard was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. Subsequently, the pilot stated that the engine began sputtering, and he thought that he had a fuel problem. The fuel pressure began to vary. The pilot switched fuel tanks, turned on the auxiliary fuel pump, and richened the mixture. He notified ATC of the problem, and received vectors to a nearby airport. The fuel flow stabilized briefly, and then started varying again; shortly thereafter, the engine quit. The airplane touched down successfull...

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