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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 138823
Last updated: 5 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RV10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-10
Owner/operator:Veracity Aviation, LLC
Registration: N499RV
MSN: 40373
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Eramet Marietta facility, south of Marietta, OH -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Parkersburg, WV (PKB)
Destination airport:Parkersburg, WV (PKB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
After completing basic flight maneuvers in the experimental amateur-built airplane, the pilot decided to return to the departure airport. During cruise descent, he heard a loud bang from the engine compartment, and oil began covering the windscreen. The pilot-rated passenger reported that there was a sudden “explosion” from the engine compartment that sounded similar to a “12 gauge double barrel shotgun.” The pilot relinquished control to the pilot-rated passenger, who had more experience in the accident airplane, and he subsequently made a forced landing to a nearby wooded area.
A postaccident engine examination revealed significant heat and fire damage concentrated at the aft right side of the engine near the No. 5 engine cylinder. The fuel nozzle for the No. 5 engine cylinder was found disconnected from its corresponding cylinder head. The fuel injector line remained connected to the fuel nozzle, but the threaded portion of the fuel nozzle was not engaged to the cylinder head and could be lifted away from the cylinder head by hand. Further disassembly of the engine revealed that no internal component failures or mechanical anomalies occurred. The experimental engine, which had been modified from the original engine manufacturer’s design specifications, had been field-overhauled about 20 hours before the accident flight. It is likely that the disengaged fuel nozzle for the No. 5 engine cylinder allowed fuel to be introduced directly into the engine compartment and resulted in the in-flight engine fire/explosion when the fuel was ignited by hot engine exhaust and caused the heat and fire damage near the No. 5 engine cylinder. Additionally, the No. 5 engine cylinder would not have developed proper compression without the fuel injector nozzle engaged in the cylinder head. A postaccident review of the maintenance records found no history of unresolved airworthiness issues or any maintenance performed on the fuel injection system since the engine overhaul.

Probable Cause: The in-flight engine fire and loss of engine power due to an improperly installed fuel injector nozzle during a recent engine overhaul.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 8 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

28-Sep-2011 06:25 gerard57 Added
28-Sep-2011 08:47 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:13 ASN Update Bot Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]