Mon, Feb 06, 2006
Fuel Starvation Led To Stall-Spin, Crash
The NTSB has issued
it's probable cause report concerning a fatal crash of a Beech
Bonanza D35 (file photo of type, below) near Trinity, AL last
August. In it, the agency says it was probably the pilot's failure
to properly manage his fuel that caused the accident.
Investigators say they found the fuel selector had been switched
to an empty fuel tank -- while the aux fuel tank was almost full.
The resulting fuel starvation led to an inadvertent stall-spin, and
pilot William Powell was killed. His passenger, Chris Wright, was
hurt in the crash.
A day after the August 6, 2005 accident, NTSB investigator Butch
Wilson told local reporters he found the fuel selector switch,
along with evidence that the engine wasn't running when the plane
hit the ground. Wilson said Powell was apparently trying to get
back to Pryor Field Regional Airport, but didn't make it.
In the meantime, Wright, 37, has yet to return to his job at
North Alabama Aviation. He's undergone a number of surgeries since
But if there's any bright spot to this at all... the Decatur
Daily newspaper reports he and his wife are expecting a baby in
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