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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188915
Last updated: 5 October 2020
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Date:28-JUL-2016
Time:08:21
Type:Silhouette image of generic FDCT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Flight Design CTLS
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N527TS
C/n / msn: 08-02-04
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Fond du Lac County Airport, WI -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Fond du Lac, WI (FLD)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The private pilot departed the airport in the light-sport airplane and made a left turn back toward the airport while still over airport property. The airplane was at a low altitude when it rolled to the left and impacted terrain, consistent with a loss of control following an aerodynamic stall. Witnesses stated that the engine sounded abnormal. One witness reported that the airplane did not climb above treetop height before it rolled into a steep left turn and descended into terrain. An additional witness did not see the accident occur but heard the pilot state on the radio that he was making an immediate return to the airport. The terrain in front of the pilot on departure was commercial properties and parking lots, and was unsuitable for landing.

During postaccident examination, contaminants and corrosion were found in both carburetor bowls. The piston slide in the carburetor for the Nos. 2 and 4 cylinders was found stuck in the idle position in its bore on the carburetor chamber top. A white substance was present on the interior surface of the bore that prevented the piston from sliding up and down within the bore. Testing of the substance determined that it was likely contamination produced by oxidation and corrosion of the aluminum alloy carburetor chamber top because of exposure to water-contaminated fuel. The engine manufacturer had previously issued a Service Instruction (SI) that warned of the possibility of poor performance or engine stoppage due to contaminants in the carburetor float chamber. One of the sources of contaminants identified in the SI was corrosion caused by high water content in fuel. Both carburetors had been inspected in accordance with the SI about 130 flight hours and 19 months before the accident, which was within the SI recommended 200-hour inspection interval. The contaminants found in the carburetors were indicative of the use of fuel with high water content at an undetermined time, most likely after compliance with the SI.

Probable Cause: Carburetor contamination following exposure to water in the fuel, which resulted in a carburetor malfunction and a partial loss of engine power. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's loss of airplane control that resulted in a stall.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20160728X63145&key=1
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N527TS

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Jul-2016 16:49 Geno Added
28-Jul-2016 17:55 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
28-Jul-2016 19:05 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
29-Jul-2016 06:32 dfix1 Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
29-Jul-2016 06:33 Anon. Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Embed code]
29-Jul-2016 06:33 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
30-Jul-2016 09:20 Anon. Updated [Damage]
09-Aug-2016 22:53 Geno Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Jan-2018 20:38 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Registration, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]

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