June 04, 2004, Wichita, Kan. / Cessna T210L


At 1236 Central time, the aircraft impacted terrain during a forced landing following a loss of engine power at the end of the flight from Gastons Airport, Lakeview, Ark. The Private pilot reported minimum fuel while on final approach to Runway 19L at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Visual conditions prevailed; the pilot received minor injuries and three passengers were uninjured. The pilot later stated the fuel gauges indicated five gallons each while on a four-mile final. About three miles out from the airport, he determined that the landing runway would not be obtained due to a lack of engine power. He selected a landing site adjacent to the approach path in a large drainage area. The airplane touched down on a level sandy surface within the drainage area. The FAAs examination of the airplane revealed that there was no usable fuel in either wing tank.


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