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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 40873
Last updated: 13 April 2019
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Date:17-MAY-1994
Time:09:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic BD5 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bede BD-5B
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N224FH
C/n / msn: 2248
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:St. George, UT -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE PILOT DEPARTED FROM RWY 16 ON THE EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT'S FIRST FLIGHT, AND REMAINED LOW AND CLOSE IN THE PATTERN. THE ENGINE WAS HEARD RUNNING ROUGH ON DOWNWIND. WHILE TURNING BASE THE ENGINE LOST POWER, AND THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO CONTINUE HIS APPROACH RADIOING '... I'M GOING TO TRY TO MAKE IT.' THE AIRPLANE IMPACTED UPSLOPING TERRAIN APPROX 1000 FT SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT'S FLIGHT LOG REFLECTED A TOTAL OF APPROX 2 HRS FLIGHT TIME IN THE PRECEDING 4 YRS. EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED THAT THE LEFT CARBURETOR FUEL/AIR MIXTURE SCREW WAS MISADJUSTED, AND THAT THE RIGHT CARBURETOR SLOW IDLE JET WAS PLUGGED WITH SAND. CAUSE: CARBURETOR CONTAMINATION AND LOW OUTPUT, AND THE PILOT'S IMPROPER DECISION TO ATTEMPT TO CONTINUE THE APPROACH. A FACTOR WAS THE PILOT'S LACK OF RECENT FLIGHT EXPERIENCE.

Sources:

NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001206X01396


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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