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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 176637
Last updated: 27 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic FOX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Denney Kitfox
Registration: N917JB
C/n / msn: S98070164
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Mount Sterling, KY -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Dayton, OH (MGY)
Destination airport:St Petersburg, FL (PIE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
After flying for about one hour, the airplane's engine sputtered several times, and then lost power completely. The pilot performed a forced landing to a field, during which the landing gear collapsed, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. Examination of the engine revealed that the inlet finger screens of both the primary and auxiliary fuel pumps were 80-90 percent blocked with contamination. No additional mechanical deficiencies were noted with the engine. Prior to the accident flight, the airplane had been flown 9-10 times during the previous 14 months. Review of the aircraft and engine logbooks revealed that the last condition inspection was performed on April 12, 2004, and the accident engine was installed in the airplane on that date. One additional entry, for a test flight, was observed in the logbooks since the last inspection.

Probable Cause: The loss of engine power due to blockage of the fuel filters resulting in fuel starvation. A factor in the accident was the inadequate maintenance inspection.



Revision history:

04-Jun-2015 18:46 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:55 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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