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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240169
Last updated: 24 October 2020
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Date:17-AUG-2020
Time:17:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N45083
C/n / msn: 15076728
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Morgan Bay, off the coast of Surry, ME -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Morrisville, VT (MVL)
Destination airport:Surry, ME (BHB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On August 17, 2020, about 1715 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150 airplane, N45083, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Surry, Maine. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.
The private pilot reported that the cross-country flight was uneventful, until about 5 miles from the destination airport during the descent into the traffic pattern, the engine suddenly sputtered and lost power about 1,400 ft above ground level (agl). He reported that he "pumped throttle, rocked wings" but the engine did not regain power. He subsequently added 30 of flaps, and navigated toward a beach, but about 500 ft agl, he saw that the beach was very rocky, so he aimed for shallow water in a bay. The airplane impacted the water, remained upright, and the pilot and passenger were able to egress and swim away from the airplane.
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector reported that the airplane after the accident had been buoyed by first responders, however, the airplane was completely submerged in the saltwater bay and had nosed over. Upon recovery to land, the inspector reported the airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The engine was able to be rotated through by turning the propeller by hand. The gascolator contained about one gallon of fuel, the left fuel tank contained no fuel, or salt water, and the right tank was about half full with diluted saltwater and an undetermined amount of fuel. The throttle and mixture control levers were found full forward and the fuel selector was found on. The carburetor heat lever was found in the off position.
During postaccident interviews, the pilot could not recall the position of the carburetor heat lever. He added that he was not accustomed to flying airplane's that required carburetor heat.
The airplane was retained for further investigation.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20200818X05936&key=1
https://www.wcax.com/2020/08/17/plane-that-took-off-from-vermont-crashes-in-maine-no-injuries/
https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/local/plane-down-in-blue-hill-near-morgan-bay/97-726c980d-440f-4da0-a45f-740f9458482b

FAA

https://photos-e1.flightcdn.com/photos/retriever/595158432f15e6ad7c04fed85f71baff2e785c21 (photo)


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Aug-2020 02:08 Geno Added
18-Aug-2020 05:34 Petropavlovsk Updated [Damage, Narrative]
18-Aug-2020 16:24 Captain Adam Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Nature, Source, Narrative]
08-Sep-2020 12:44 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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