Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2010 Issue

August 5, 2010, Ridgecrest, Calif., Piper PA-24-260 Comanche

The airplane was substantially damaged during an off-airport forced landing at about 1424 Pacific time. The pilot received minor injuries. After departing with full fuel and flying about two hours in cruise at 9500 feet msl, the pilot detected irregularities with the indicated fuel quantities for some of the fuel tanks. He switched fuel tanks several times, but soon thereafter the engine quit, and he executed a gear-up forced landing in the desert.

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