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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207132
Last updated: 14 February 2020
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Date:06-MAR-2018
Time:14:30
Type:Just Escapade
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N45DC
C/n / msn: JAESC0116
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:East of Palatka Municipal Airport-Lt. Kay Larkin Field (28J), FL -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:ST AUGUSTINE, FL (SGJ)
Destination airport:Palatka, FL (28J)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The private pilot reported that, while on a 1-mile final approach for landing, about 400 ft above the ground, the engine lost total power. The pilot applied full throttle and enrichened the mixture, but only a momentary return of power occurred before the engine lost power again. The airspeed decreased and the airplane entered an aerodynamic stall and impacted a house and terrain.

Postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures. The left wing fuel tank was empty, the right wing tank contained about 4 gallons of fuel, and the auxiliary tank contained just enough fuel to cover the bottom of the tank; however, there was evidence of fuel spillage at the site and the amount of fuel onboard before the accident could not be determined. Non-volatile memory data recorded during the accident flight revealed a large spike in fuel flow, followed by a 0 rpm reading, which was indicative of a total loss of engine power due to air passing through the fuel line and transducer rather than fuel. It is likely that the fuel flow to the engine was interrupted, but a postaccident examination of the engine and fuel system could not determine what caused the interruption.

Probable Cause: The interruption of fuel to the engine during final approach, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation, and the pilot's subsequent failure to maintain airspeed, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20180306X82905&key=1
https://www.google.com/maps/@?dg=dbrw&newdg=1/Reid+St,+Palatka,+FL+32177/@29.6562641,-81.6609832,18z/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x88e665ae0e00af4b:0x1ae8f5a46f5c136d?hl=en-us&gl=us

https://flightaware.com/resources/registration/N45DC

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Mar-2018 00:51 Geno Added
07-Mar-2018 07:07 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code]
07-Mar-2018 07:11 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Nature, Source, Embed code]
07-Mar-2018 08:40 harro Updated [Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
22-Mar-2019 19:13 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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