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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173904
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BDOG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Scottish Aviation Bulldog
Registration: N706BD
MSN: BH120/353
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Hayward Executive Airport (KHWD), Hayward, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Hayward, CA (HWD)
Destination airport:Palo Alto, CA (PAO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that, during initial climb and as the airplane reached about 200 to 300 ft above ground level, the engine lost total power. The pilot attempted to restart the engine without success. He subsequently conducted a forced landing, and the right wing impacted a tree, which resulted in substantial damage to the wing.
A postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no mechanical failures. After the airplane was placed on a level surface, about 0.75 gallon of water was drained from the fuel system between the airframe fuel filter to the engine fuel flow divider and the fuel flow divider pressure line. The pilot reported that the last time he had fueled the airplane was about 4 months before the accident. He added that he had not experienced fuel contamination previously with the airplane and that he had sumped the fuel system before takeoff. The pilot added that the airplane did sit with one wing lower than the other and that the airplane’s nose up-and-level orientation during taxi may have shifted the water in the fuel system. The loss of engine power during the initial climb was likely due to fuel contamination.

Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power during the initial climb due to fuel contamination. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s inadequate preflight inspection of the fuel system. 


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

16-Feb-2015 01:52 Geno Added
16-Feb-2015 03:03 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
16-Feb-2015 03:59 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Damage, Narrative]
16-Feb-2015 07:19 Alfamay Updated [Source]
16-Feb-2015 07:52 harro Updated [Embed code]
16-Feb-2015 11:07 ANON Updated [Registration, Cn, Embed code]
16-Feb-2015 15:45 sharla82 Updated [Registration]
17-Feb-2015 16:15 Geno Updated [Registration, Operator, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
17-Feb-2015 20:01 Aerossurance Updated [Phase, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 12:35 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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