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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133924
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Date:01-OCT-1995
Time:16:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic FOX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Denney Kitfox 1
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N226WR
C/n / msn: 226
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Charlottesville, VA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:FVX
Destination airport:8W2
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On October 1, 1995, at 1615 eastern daylight time, a Rudy Kitfox homebuilt airplane, N226WR, operated by the airplane owner/builder, lost engine power during cruise flight and collided with trees during the forced landing near Charlottesville, Virginia. The certificated private pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane was destroyed. The airplane was operated as a personal flight under 14 CFR Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, no flight plan was filed. The flight departed Farmville, Virginia, at approximately 1445. The intended destination was New Market, Virginia.

According to the pilot, he departed New Market and flew to Farmville. He reported that at Farmville he "...refueled, topped [the] main tank (9.5 gallon capacity). It took 7 gallons [of fuel] to fill [the] tank." He stated that about 1.5 hours into the flight the engine lost power, and his attempts to restart the engine were unsuccessful. The pilot stated that when the engine lost power, the airplane was at 2700 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL) over wooded, hilly terrain. He reported that he tried to land on a golf course, but the airplane touched down in a clump of trees short of the intended landing site.

The aircraft was examined at the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector. The examination revealed no fuel in the carburetor bowl. The FAA Inspector stated that the expected fuel consumption for the accident airplane/engine is 6.5 gallons per hour at 6300-6500 RPM. He reported that the accident airplane had previously only completed short flights, so the actual fuel consumption of that airplane had not been documented. The FAA Inspector also stated that the aircraft manufacturer recommended installing a low fuel warning system. The accident airplane was not equipped with that system.

The pilot reported that there was no mechanical malfunction.
PROBABLE CAUSE:the pilot's improper fuel management which resulted in fuel exhaustion. A related factor was the pilot's inadequate fuel consumption calculations.

Sources:

NTSB id 20001207X04642


Revision history:

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