Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fuel Exhaustion: Bellanca 8GCBC Scout, N391KM; accident occurred July 27, 2018 in El Dorado, Union County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: El Dorado, AR
Accident Number: GAA18CA465
Date & Time: 07/27/2018, 1315 CDT
Registration: N391KM
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, during the return to the departure airport following a local flight, the airplane had a total loss of engine power. He force landed the airplane on a dirt road, but the propeller struck the ground and airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing lift strut.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The Federal Aviation Administration Inspector confirmed that only one gallon of fuel was drained and recovered from both wing tanks.

The pilot did not submit the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 24, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BELLANCA
Registration: N391KM
Model/Series: 8GCBC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 182-75
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
Engine Model/Series: O-360-C2A
Registered Owner: Blues Air Llc
Rated Power:
Operator: Blues Air Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dawn
Observation Facility, Elevation: KELD, 285 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 267°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 10000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:
Light and Variable 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: El Dorado, AR
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: El Dorado, AR
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.221111, -92.811667 (est)

Two men received minor injuries Friday when the single-engine plane they were in crashed near Three Creeks in Union County.

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the call came in from Columbia County at 1:11 p.m. Friday near Salem Road. Sheriff Ricky Roberts said the two unnamed men were contracted by a local company to fly over and check pipelines when “it appears that they had ran out of gas.”

“They were trying to land in the dirt road that goes down between this cutover,” Roberts said. “They touched down and the plane hit a hill and it just flipped over. … They were trying to make it back to the airport to refuel when they ran out.”

Roberts said the two men, both from Cleveland, Mississippi, and working with Blue Airlines, suffered minor injuries.

“They’re lucky,” Roberts said. “They’re very blessed is what they are.”

Original article can be found here ➤

JUNCTION CITY, Arkansas -- Authorities in Union County, Arkansas, say no one was hurt when a small plane crashed there this afternoon.

The crash happened just after 1 p.m. today near Near Union County Road 203 and Salem Rd west of El Dorado, Arkansas.

Law enforcement and fire department officials found the plane, owned by Blue Airways of Mississippi, upside down.

The pilot told authorities he thought the plane had enough fuel for a 3 and 1/2 hour flight, but it didn't. He said the plane hit an embankment while he was trying to land and ended up in a clear-cut field.

Original article can be found here ➤

UNION COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - About 1:10 p.m, a plane from Blues Air out of Cleveland, Mississippi had to make an emergency landing on a dirt road in a clearing in Union County.

It was just off of Highway 15 near the Louisiana State Line.

According to Union County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Charlie Phillips, the airline had been contracted to inspect pipe lines for leaks. Phillips said the plane forgot to fill up with gas before take off. Upon landing, the plane flipped, causing slight damage to the craft.

The two individuals on board suffered bumps and scrapes.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. Seems to me they should have been inspecting the fuel gauges.

    A very expensive mistake.