Buckaroo Posted May 7, 2017 Report Share Posted May 7, 2017 Lost my engine today at 1000 agl and landed her dead stick in a foot of alfalfa. The plane is fine and so am I but I really need to find out what happened! I put her down with full flaps and we measured about 250 foot of wheel trenching before the nice upright landing. Here's the situation! I'm running about 15 gallons of fuel doing touch and goes no wind 60 degrees f. About 45 minutes of those I decided to venture away from the field north to check out the lake. In level flight I take a quick look at my left site fuel tube and to my dismay it's empty. Looking quickly to the right tube I'm relieved to see she's got 10 or more gallons showing. Concerned I then bank a little to the left with hopes to flow a little fuel to the left side. After leveling back I check out the right and left tube. NO FUEL in either side! Nothing visible then 30 seconds later I get the horrific sound of no sound. Immediately I establish best glide and successfully picked my field. On the ground what appears in the right fuel tube? 10 gallons of fuel again as witnessed by my partners that came to my rescue at the scene. Thank god ten gallons reappears so I'm not branded as a idiot in fuel management. They witness the fuel condition. A rancher shows up and we load the plane on a flat bed trailer and take it to the hiway. Someone gets 5 gallons of gas and we place that in the left tank. Now the site tubes are indicating 10 right and 5 left. I fire it up and takeoff on the highway for my home airport. Question? What the hell happened? I know fuel starvation but how? And why did the right tube suddenly go dry and then reappear after the forced landing? Thanks for any insight to this as I'm reluctant to fly the machine until I find out. Pictures will follow. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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