Keith B wrote:
Good question. Here's the SR20 checklist http://www.inflightpilottraining.com/wp ... -23-14.pdf
Fuel selector switch is all that is indicated other than a note that states:The Fuel Pump must be used for switching from one tank to another to avoid engine restart delays should engine quit due to fuel starvation.
Not sure about head/tailwinds either. If she flew with a tailwind the three hours in might be right on the ragged edge consumption. With her being focused on the missed approaches, heavy traffic, etc, it is possible she exhausted one tank about the time she was trying to land. I also think I remember one article stating witnesses said the plane sounded like the model airplanes that 'spit and sputter' before the crash. If she lost power in a bank, then that could have contributed to her panicking and going into a stall. All speculation but it is one of the fairly common causes of accidents when pilots start down the error chain.
The Fuel pump should be on boost as part of the pre-landing checklist. Part of the checklist on the planes I flew had you switch to the fullest tank well before you got into the pattern.
Non aviation witnesses often confuse the sound of an idling engine with "stalling."