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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 237370
Last updated: 30 September 2020
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Time:c. 12:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182R Skylane
Owner/operator:Brentco Aerial Patrol
Registration: N958HP
C/n / msn: 18267923
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Winfield, Titus County, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Aerial patrol
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Following a loss of engine power, the aircraft force landed to an open field in Titus County, Texas. The pipeline patrol aeroplane sustained substantial damage and the sole pilot onboard received minor injuries.

The pilot stated that the flight was uneventful until the airplane crossed over US Interstate 30 near Winfield, Texas, at which point she turned from the pipeline right-of-away toward her planned fuel stop at OSA. However, shortly after crossing US Interstate 30, the engine began to "sputter" and "run rough." The pilot attempted to restore engine power by "switching fuel tanks a couple of times" and selecting a full-rich fuel mixture; however, she was unable to restore engine power and it "surged" between idle and a high rpm a couple of times before it had a total loss of engine power. She did not recall hearing the engine backfire or feeling any excessive vibration before the total loss of engine power.

The pilot stated that she had made a couple turns over US Interstate 30 while the engine was running rough and that the vehicle traffic precluded a safe landing on the roadway; there were also high-voltage power lines and antennas in the vicinity. She subsequently located an open field for a forced landing, but the airplane was unable to stop before it collided with a fence and tree line that bordered the field. The pilot stated that she was wearing her 3-point safety harness throughout the flight.

The pilot stated that she generally flies with the fuel selector positioned on BOTH and, as such, does not normally select the right or left fuel tank during a flight. The pilot stated that she does reposition the fuel selector to the left tank before refueling, but also follows a checklist to ensure that she repositions the fuel selector to BOTH before takeoff. She recalled repositioning the fuel selector twice after the engine began running rough but did not remember which fuel selector positions she had attempted. The pilot was unsure if the fuel selector was positioned on BOTH before the engine began to run rough.

The pilot reported that the average fuel consumption rate was 10-11 gallons per hour (gph) for the Cessna 182R airplane, and that the company requires their pilots to land for fuel after 5 hours of flying. The pilot stated that she prefers to calculate her fuel remaining based on how long she has been flying and does not rely on the airplane's analog fuel quantity gauges because they are often inaccurate. The pilot noted that after 4.1 hours of flight time the airplane should still have had about 44 gallons of fuel remaining.

The pilot stated that a typical observation flight is flown about 700 ft above ground level while the pilot observes the pipeline right-of-way for evidence of encroachment, heavy machinery, fire, and pipeline leaks. The pilot noted that most of her attention during the flight had been dedicated to observing the ground. Additionally, the pilot reported that the pipeline company had recently complained that there had been some activity along the right-of-way that should have been spotted and reported during a previous flight, and, as a result, she had deliberately paid more attention to the right-of-way than she had on previous flights.


Revision history:

26-Jun-2020 05:06 Geno Added
30-Sep-2020 13:22 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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