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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : gck|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 3000|
msl bound upper : 3000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zla|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 73|
flight time total : 1202
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : unable
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Aircraft ran out of fuel prior to landing. Engine stopped running. A proper glide angle and speed were established and altitude did not seem sufficient to reach airport. I elected to land on an abandoned roadway. Fuel consumption of aircraft higher than previously experience. Stop and put on more fuel and have fuel gauges to read empty when empty. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: 18 pounds of fuel were indicated on the gauge when the engine quit. Had been in the air 4:28 minutes, total fuel available should have given 5:20 minutes. Cannot explain the 12 gal burn rate experienced. Flight was behind flight plan account headwinds. During approach to the roadway, left wingtip struck tree causing minor damage. FAA involved but giving no problem. Has been scheduled for a flight review check. Aircraft was flown off the road with no problem.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ENGINE QUIT RESULT OF FUEL STARVATION.
Narrative: ACFT RAN OUT OF FUEL PRIOR TO LNDG. ENGINE STOPPED RUNNING. A PROPER GLIDE ANGLE AND SPEED WERE ESTABLISHED AND ALT DID NOT SEEM SUFFICIENT TO REACH ARPT. I ELECTED TO LAND ON AN ABANDONED ROADWAY. FUEL CONSUMPTION OF ACFT HIGHER THAN PREVIOUSLY EXPERIENCE. STOP AND PUT ON MORE FUEL AND HAVE FUEL GAUGES TO READ EMPTY WHEN EMPTY. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH REPORTER REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: 18 LBS OF FUEL WERE INDICATED ON THE GAUGE WHEN THE ENGINE QUIT. HAD BEEN IN THE AIR 4:28 MINUTES, TOTAL FUEL AVAILABLE SHOULD HAVE GIVEN 5:20 MINUTES. CANNOT EXPLAIN THE 12 GAL BURN RATE EXPERIENCED. FLT WAS BEHIND FLT PLAN ACCOUNT HEADWINDS. DURING APCH TO THE ROADWAY, LEFT WINGTIP STRUCK TREE CAUSING MINOR DAMAGE. FAA INVOLVED BUT GIVING NO PROBLEM. HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR A FLT REVIEW CHECK. ACFT WAS FLOWN OFF THE ROAD WITH NO PROBLEM.
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.