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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : phx|
airport : p19
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2200|
msl bound upper : 2200
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||approach : visual|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 80|
flight time total : 3600
flight time type : 30
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : unable
I departed bur at XA20 with approximately 60 gals of fuel. Destination P19. As I reached a point of about 5 mi right base to land on runway 17 at P19 leaving 2200', the engine started faltering. So, I switched tanks. Then the engine started back up. Then I noticed the fuel qty which read 8 gals, so I thought it couldn't be the fuel because I'd made this same run 6 days/week for 2 weeks with the same amount of fuel with a reserve upon landing. So, I began to trouble shoot putting on the fuel pump, etc. The oil temperature was high, but pressure was normal. The fuel qty indicators showed about 8-9 gals. Then the engine quit again on 3/4 mi right base. Maintaining the airspeed I got ready to ditch. The preflight planning included a preflight WX briefing. With filing an IFR departure/VFR en route, winds aloft. Everything was routine. Fuel gauges did indicate fuel. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: aircraft did not make it to airport and in off airport landing nose gear was bent and propeller tip was bent. Claims gauges still showed 8-9 gals fuel but after incident only had about 3 qt by sticking so problem was fuel starvation. Other aircraft had made run with were newer models and this was older aircraft so could have been a high fuel burner. FAA is investigating but has not made final determination whether incident or accident. Company has let pilot go from employment since incident.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ATX SMA EMERGENCY LNDG OFF ARPT ACCOUNT FUEL EXHAUSTION.
Narrative: I DEPARTED BUR AT XA20 WITH APPROX 60 GALS OF FUEL. DEST P19. AS I REACHED A POINT OF ABOUT 5 MI RIGHT BASE TO LAND ON RWY 17 AT P19 LEAVING 2200', THE ENG STARTED FALTERING. SO, I SWITCHED TANKS. THEN THE ENG STARTED BACK UP. THEN I NOTICED THE FUEL QTY WHICH READ 8 GALS, SO I THOUGHT IT COULDN'T BE THE FUEL BECAUSE I'D MADE THIS SAME RUN 6 DAYS/WK FOR 2 WKS WITH THE SAME AMOUNT OF FUEL WITH A RESERVE UPON LNDG. SO, I BEGAN TO TROUBLE SHOOT PUTTING ON THE FUEL PUMP, ETC. THE OIL TEMP WAS HIGH, BUT PRESSURE WAS NORMAL. THE FUEL QTY INDICATORS SHOWED ABOUT 8-9 GALS. THEN THE ENG QUIT AGAIN ON 3/4 MI RIGHT BASE. MAINTAINING THE AIRSPD I GOT READY TO DITCH. THE PREFLT PLANNING INCLUDED A PREFLT WX BRIEFING. WITH FILING AN IFR DEP/VFR ENRTE, WINDS ALOFT. EVERYTHING WAS ROUTINE. FUEL GAUGES DID INDICATE FUEL. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: ACFT DID NOT MAKE IT TO ARPT AND IN OFF ARPT LNDG NOSE GEAR WAS BENT AND PROP TIP WAS BENT. CLAIMS GAUGES STILL SHOWED 8-9 GALS FUEL BUT AFTER INCIDENT ONLY HAD ABOUT 3 QT BY STICKING SO PROB WAS FUEL STARVATION. OTHER ACFT HAD MADE RUN WITH WERE NEWER MODELS AND THIS WAS OLDER ACFT SO COULD HAVE BEEN A HIGH FUEL BURNER. FAA IS INVESTIGATING BUT HAS NOT MADE FINAL DETERMINATION WHETHER INCIDENT OR ACCIDENT. COMPANY HAS LET PLT GO FROM EMPLOYMENT SINCE INCIDENT.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.