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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 148001
Last updated: 26 June 2020
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Date:27-AUG-2012
Time:13:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic WACF model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Waco UPF-7
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N32011
C/n / msn: 5642
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:In a field near Jim Falls in Chippewa County, WI -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Chippewa Falls, WI (3WI9)
Destination airport:Chippewa Falls, WI (3WI9)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
During a local proficiency flight, throughout which the pilot had the fuel selector set to its “both” position, the airplane’s engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot was unable to restart the engine and performed a forced landing, during which the airplane's left landing gear impacted an obstacle and the airplane skidded sideways and nosed over. The pilot stated that initially he did not observe fuel leaking from either fuel tank vent after the accident. However, after he opened and resealed the tank caps, the pilot noticed fuel leaking from the right fuel tank vent, consistent with an existing fuel vent obstruction having been dislodged. Subsequent examination revealed no usable fuel in the left fuel tank and 20 gallons of fuel in the right fuel tank. A postaccident examination of the wreckage did not reveal any other anomalies that would have caused a loss of engine power.
Probable Cause: The blockage of the right fuel tank vent, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120828X81657&key=1
FAA register: [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.929thebigcheese.com/Channels/news/Story.aspx?ID=1763694]
http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=32011
https://www.faa.gov/data_research/accident_incident/preliminary_data/events01/media/04_32011.txt

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/N32011.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Aug-2012 06:43 gerard57 Added
28-Aug-2012 07:45 Geno Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
28-Aug-2012 08:00 Geno Updated [Aircraft type]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 13:18 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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