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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 241373
Last updated: 25 July 2021
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Time:c. 16:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic DR40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robin DR.400/160 Major
Owner/operator:Aéroclub Pamiers les Pujols
Registration: F-GMRV
MSN: 1933
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Prades, Ariège -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Pamiers/Les Pujols Airport (LFDJ)
Destination airport:Pamiers/Les Pujols Airport (LFDJ)
Investigating agency: BEA
The pilot, accompanied by three passengers, took off around 15:45 from the Pamiers les Pujols aerodrome in a southerly direction in order to fly over the Cathar castles.
After approximately 25 minutes, the aircraft flew near the Château de Montségur at an altitude of 6500 ft in the direction of Luzenac located to the south-west. The pilot planned to return to the castle of Foix. He then noticed an intermittent decrease in engine power and added that the warning lights came on, without remembering which ones.
He actuated the electric pump and indicated that he was passing from the main tank to the left auxiliary tank, but did not notice any improvement. Judging the overflown site conducive to a forced landing, the pilot made a U-turn to face the rising and clear part. He prepared the airplane by selecting one notch of flaps, then turned the fuel selector to the closed position. Just before contact with the ground, he positioned the mixture control on the damper and cut the magneto contacts.
The absence of fuel in the left tank and the good operation of the engine demonstrated during a test bench allowed the conclusion that the engine stopped following a starvation of the fuel system by drying out of the left wing tank. These observations are not consistent with the testimony of the pilot who thought he flew using the main tank.
It is very likely that the low fuel level warning light in the front left tank illuminated during flight.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 9 months
Download report: Final report



Photo of F-GMRV courtesy

Pamiers - Les Pujols (LFDJ)
11 August 2013; (c) T.Laurent

Photo: BEA

Revision history:

13-Sep-2020 18:34 gerard57 Added
13-Sep-2020 19:09 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Source]
14-Sep-2020 06:36 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
14-Sep-2020 06:36 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
14-Sep-2020 06:43 harro Updated [Damage]
14-Sep-2020 08:05 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type]
14-Sep-2020 10:29 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
14-Sep-2020 10:33 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
22-Jun-2021 17:03 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, Photo]
25-Jul-2021 10:35 harro Updated [Accident report]

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