Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2009 Issue

January 22, 2009, Naples, Fla., Cessna 402C

At about 1848 Eastern time, the airplane experienced a total loss of power from both engines but was not damaged during a forced landing. Visual conditions prevailed for the Part 135 scheduled domestic passenger flight from Key West, Fla., to Fort Myers, Fla. The airline transport pilot and six passengers were not injured. Before departure, the pilot noted the left and right fuel quantity gauges indicated 300 and 200 pounds, respectively, and took off with each tank feeding its engine. Approaching Naples, the left fuel quantity gauge was still indicating 300 pounds but the left was indicating below 50 pounds. He thought it was an indicator problem.

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