Saturday, July 28, 2012

Beech A36TC, N6672X: Accident occurred July 28, 2012 in Fayetteville, North Carolina

NTSB Identification: ERA12LA489 
 4 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Fayetteville, NC
Aircraft: BEECH A36TC, registration: N6672X
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On July 28, 2012, at approximately 1230 eastern daylight time, a Beech A36TC, N6672X, was substantially following a total loss of engine power during approach to Fayetteville Regional Airport (FAY), Fayetteville, North Carolina. The certificated private pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which departed Billy Mitchell Airport (HSE) Hatteras, North Carolina, about 1100 EDT. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot stated that, prior to departing from HSE, he observed that the right wing fuel tank was leaking at the sump. He removed the fuel tank cap, and observed that the tank was absent of fuel. He stated that the left wing tank contained approximately 33 gallons.

The pilot departed HSE and flew north along the coast for approximately fifteen minutes before turning on course to FAY. He stated that, approximately 15 miles from the airport, the left fuel tank gauge indicated about 1/8 full, but shortly after, the gauge "shot up" to a 3/4 full indication. While on final approach for landing, at an altitude of approximately 200 feet, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot switched the fuel tank selector to the right tank, and performed a forced landing to a field short of the runway.

Postaccident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the right wing. The left fuel tank gauge indicated 1/8 full, while the right fuel tank gauge indicated 1/4 full. The fuel tanks were visually inspected, and no fuel was observed in either tank. The inspector reported there was no fuel staining observed on either wing, and that when actuated the right fuel sump operated normally.

  Regis#: 6672X        Make/Model: BE36      Description: 36 Bonanza
  Date: 07/28/2012     Time: 1630

  Event Type: Incident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Unknown

  City: FAYETTEVILLE   State: NC   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   2     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Landing      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: GREENSBORO, NC  (SO05)                Entry date: 07/30/2012
A small fixed-wing, single engine aircraft made an unplanned landing at the Fayetteville Regional Airport Saturday after experiencing aircraft issues, officials said. 

Toney Coleman, the airport's assistant director, said the pilot came in just short of runway 28. The plane was slightly damaged, with right wing damage, during the landing.

The pilot was not injured and the plane was towed from the runway, Coleman said.

The cause of the emergency landing is being investigated, he said.

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