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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232308
Last updated: 13 June 2021
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Date:21-JAN-2020
Time:17:18
Type:Silhouette image of generic AA5 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman American AA-5B Tiger
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N424WB
MSN: AA5B-0849
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Tallahassee International Airport (TLH/KTLH), Tallahassee, FL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Enterprise Municipal Airport, AL (ETS/KEDN)
Destination airport:Wauchula Municipal Airport, FL (KCHN)
Narrative:
On January 21, 2020, at 1718 eastern standard time, a Grumman AA5B, N424WB, was substantially
damaged after it impacted trees near Tallahassee, Florida. The private pilot was seriously injured, and
the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under
the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

The pilot stated that earlier in the day, they completely fueled the airplane's fuel tanks with 52 gallons of
fuel then departed CHN about 0830 and flew to EDN. They landed about 1230. About 1400 they
departed for CHN. The pilot further stated that he was going to stop for fuel somewhere along the route,
but did not know where. The airplane was in cruise flight at an altitude of 10,500 ft, about 1.5 hours into
the flight when the engine "sputtered." The pilot pushed the mixture control full forward and turned on
the electric fuel pump. The engine ran better for a couple seconds but then started sputtering again.
Tallahassee International Airport (TLH), Tallahassee, Florida was the closest airport, so the pilot
contacted the TLH control tower and declared an emergency. Shortly thereafter, the engine experienced
a total loss of power. The pilot shut off the magnetos and pulled the mixture to shut-off. Then he primed
the engine a couple times and tried a restart of the engine. The engine restarted and ran for about 5
seconds before losing all power again. He then stated that the right fuel gauge indicated a little over a
1/4 tank (the left fuel gauge did not work). The airplane was about 7 miles from TLH at 5,000 ft when
the pilot determined it would not reach the runway and set up for an off-airport landing. He saw a small
sand pit that was surrounded by trees and slipped the airplane to lose altitude; however, the left wing
contacted some trees. The pilot had no further memory of the accident.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, revealed that the
airplane was substantially damaged. The inspector removed both fuel caps from the fuel tanks and did
not smell or observe fuel present. Examination of the header fuel tanks in both stub wings reveal no fuel in the right header tank and less than 1 teaspoon of fuel in the left header tank.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with a rating for rotorcraft-helicopter and instrument
helicopter. He also held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. The pilot
held a flight instructor certificate with ratings in rotorcraft-helicopter, and instrument helicopter.

Sources:

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/local/2020/01/21/small-plane-crashes-south-tallahassee-international-airport/4536410002/
https://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Large-presence-of-emergency-responders-looking-into--567175451.html
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=60298571785&story_fbid=10156627460146786
https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=424WB
https://data.ntsb.gov/carol-repgen/api/Aviation/ReportMain/GenerateNewestReport/100855/pdf

Location


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Jan-2020 00:38 Geno Added
22-Jan-2020 05:45 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
22-Jan-2020 09:29 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
22-Jan-2020 09:34 RobertMB Updated [Location, Narrative]
09-Jun-2021 18:29 aaronwk Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Jun-2021 19:50 aaronwk Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]

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