Well - Given that fuel related incidents occur to the general GA population at a rate of 3 per week, and that Cirrus aircraft are now making up a larger percentage of the GA fleet, really not a surprising situation - with the exception in this case of a parachute and all souls present. Maybe we can all learn something.
And while is seems like an easy answer to jump on the “pilot related bandwagon” - when you read through last years NTSB reports related to fuel “issues” I don’t believe “pilot error” bears the whole responsibility, I truly don’t.
Of course - I have a personal stake in this fight. and I believe there might be “other” factors involved .
But like all things you really dive into full force "**Fuel Mismanagement, **in this case " - you begin to learn things that might just change your perception.
For instance the below sender was removed from an airworthy aircraft - the MFD may be new - the technology behind it - well you judge for yourself
The following was for a recent A36 Bonanza incident - NTSB Report - Some of this may sound familiar - He also started with sufficient but not full fuel
The pilot departed HSE and flew north along the coast for approximately fifteen minutes before turning on course to FAY. He stated that, approximately 15 miles from the airport, the left fuel tank gauge indicated about 1/8 full, but shortly after, the gauge “shot up” to a 3/4 full indication. While on final approach for landing, at an altitude of approximately 200 feet, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot switched the fuel tank selector to the right tank, and performed a forced landing to a field short of the runway.
It leads you to believe something else may be in play here.