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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207454
Last updated: 12 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-181 Arrow II
Owner/operator:Epix Aviation Llc
Registration: N5646V
C/n / msn: 28-7790487
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Chesapeake Regional Airport (KCPK), Norfolk, VA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Norfolk-Chesapeake Regional Airport, VA (KCPK)
Destination airport:Norfolk-Chesapeake Regional Airport, VA (KCPK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot was conducting touch-and-go landings; the airplane was about 200 ft above ground level after a takeoff when the engine lost total power. The pilot cycled the throttle during the straight-ahead descent, which restored power momentarily before the forced landing. During the ground roll, the nose landing gear separated, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. A postaccident test run of the engine using the fuel available in the airplane’s tanks and the intact fuel system revealed that the engine operated normally with no anomalies noted. The weather conditions at the time of the accident were conducive to the formation of serious carburetor icing at descent engine power settings. The pilot stated that he had not activated the carburetor heat at any point during the flight. Because the engine operated normally after the accident, the weather conditions were conducive to the formation of carburetor icing, and the pilot failed to use carburetor heat during the approach, it is likely that the engine lost power due to the accumulation of carburetor ice before and during the takeoff.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to apply carburetor heat during the approach for a touch-and-go landing, which resulted in a total loss of engine power during the subsequent takeoff.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

13-Mar-2018 17:14 Geno Added
13-Mar-2018 17:57 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code]
01-Jun-2019 07:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]
01-Jun-2019 18:50 harro Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Photo]

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