The private pilot reported that during approach to land at the airport in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, about 250 feet above the ground, “he ran the right tank dry” and the Cessna 310’s right engine lost power.
He switched the right fuel tank selector to the auxiliary fuel tank, but despite his attempts, he could not restart the engine.
The plane landed in a grassy field short of the runway.
Post-accident examination revealed that both main fuel tanks were empty of fuel and about 17 gallons of fuel remained in the auxiliary tank.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, while the pilot sustained minor injuries.
The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.
The pilot did not submit the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1.
Probable Cause: The total loss of right engine power due to fuel starvation and the pilot’s improper fuel management.
This September 2019 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.