Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Chino Airport

Chino, California 91710
Sunday, October 19, 1997 19:25 PDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The pilot reported that no mechanical malfunctions were experienced during the 30-minute-long nighttime flight in his 1943 model 'Stagger Wing' airplane. During the flight he had switched fuel tanks several times. Upon turning onto the final approach leg at the destination airport the center fuel tank's low fuel pressure warning light activated. Thereafter, the fuel pressure decreased and all engine power was lost. The pilot further reported that he switched tanks and used the wobble pump but to no avail as the airplane developed a high sink rate. The pilot made a forced landing into a plowed field and collided with dirt berms about 1/2 mile short of the runway. During the airframe examination no fuel was found in the two upper wing tanks, the center fuselage tank, or in the lower wing's right tank. Approximately 10 gallons of fuel was observed in the lower wing's left tank. Airplane operating procedures required the pilot to have the fuel selector positioned toward the center fuel tank during takeoffs and landings. The lower wing tanks are only to be used during level flight.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
fuel starvation resulting from the pilot's inadequate in-flight planning and improper fuel management. Contributing factors were the nighttime conditions and the rough/uneven terrain.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date10/19/1997 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event1925 
Event Time ZonePacific Daylight Time 
Event CityCHINO  
Event StateCALIFORNIA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site91710  
Event Date Year1997 
Event Date Month10 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude  
Event Location Longitude  
Event Location AirportCHINO  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDCNO  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport80 
Airport Elevation650 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1929 Pacific Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)260 
Weather Observation Facility IDCNO  
Elevation of weather observation facility650 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationPDT 
Lighting ConditionsNight/Bright 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)18 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-- 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)230 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)10 
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryMinor 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)1619 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateOct 19 1997 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1952 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordDec 8 2000 12:37PM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN67736 
NTSB NumberLAX98LA015  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameBeech  
Aircraft ModelD17S  
Aircraft Series IdentifierD17S  
Aircraft Serial Number4848  
Certified Max Gross Weight4250 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionJun 16 1997 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection70 
Airframe Hours3753 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedYes 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameARCHIE G. LANE  
Aircraft Owner Street Address4531 VICTORIA CT  
Aircraft Owner CityCYPRESS  
Aircraft Owner StateCA 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode90630  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeCRQ  
Departure CityCARLSBAD  
Departure StateCA 
Departure Country  
Departure Time1855 
Departure Time ZonePDT 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport CodeCNO  
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightApproach 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 2 2001 10:34AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location26L 
Runway Length7000 
Runway Width150 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--