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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 190372
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BDOG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Scottish Aviation Bulldog 101
Registration: N432BD
MSN: 163
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Wichita, KS -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Augusta Muni, KS (3AU)
Destination airport:Augusta Muni, KS (3AU)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The private pilot reported that the engine "sputtered and went to idle" during cruise flight while returning to the departure airport after a local flight. His attempts to restore engine power were not successful. The pilot subsequently conducted a forced landing, during which the airplane impacted a fence and sustained substantial damage.
During postaccident examination, the fuel totalizer indicated that 7.3 gallons of fuel remained; however, only about 1.5 gallons of fuel was recovered from the airplane. After fuel was added to each tank, an engine run was conducted, and the engine ran smoothly at idle and about 1,000 rpm, and no anomalies were noted.
The pilot reported that the airplane fuel gauges were unreliable, so he used the fuel totalizer for fuel quantity information. However, the totalizer’s operating instructions stated that the instrument does not provide a measurement of the fuel in the tanks and that it “should never be used as the primary indicator of the fuel quantity.” The pilot should not have used the totalizer to determine the amount of fuel onboard the airplane and his reliance on the instrument without ensuring that sufficient fuel was on board for the flight led to fuel exhaustion and a total loss of engine power.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s improper preflight inspection during which he relied on the fuel totalizer and failed to ensure that sufficient fuel was onboard for the flight, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and a total loss of engine power.



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

Revision history:

26-Sep-2016 12:54 Aerossurance Added
17-Oct-2016 20:01 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Sep-2017 19:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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