Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: None. Location: Wolfe City, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot departed his private airstrip and was en route to a local airport to purchase fuel when the engine lost power.
While trying to restart the engine, he moved the fuel selector from the left wing tank to the right wing tank and activated the boost pump. He was unable to restart the engine and made a forced landing to a cow pasture.
The post-accident examination of the airplane revealed a quart of fuel was drained from the left wing tank and 16 gallons of fuel was drained from the right wing tank.
Probable cause: A total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation as a result of the pilot’s improper fuel management.
NTSB Identification: CEN12CA006
This October 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.