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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 78944
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain
Registration: N350RL
MSN: 31-8252049
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Atlantic Ocean, about 2.6 nautical miles east of Aguadilla -   Puerto Rico
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Punta Cana, (MDPC)
Destination airport:San Juan, PR (TJIG)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot stated he experienced a high temperature in the right engine and a partial loss of engine rpm while at 9,000 feet mean sea level in cruise flight. He requested and received clearance from air traffic control to descend and divert to another airport. He leveled the airplane at 2,500 feet and both engines were operating; however, the right engine experienced a loss of rpm which made it difficult to maintain altitude. The pilot reduced power in both engines, turned the fuel boost pump on, opened the cowl flaps and the engine continued to run with a low rpm. The pilot elected to ditch the airplane in the ocean, instead of landing as soon as practical at the nearest suitable airport, as instructed in the Pilot's Operating Handbook (POH). Additionally, he shut down the right engine before performing the troubleshooting items listed in the POH. He attributed his decision to ditch the airplane to poor single-engine performance and windy conditions. The wind at the destination airport was from 060 degrees at 6 knots and runway 8 was in use at the time of the accident. The airplane was not recovered.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper decision to ditch the airplane after a reported partial loss of engine power and overheat on one engine for undetermined reasons.


FAA register: 2. FAA:

Revision history:

30-Oct-2010 03:04 bizjets101 Added
21-Apr-2015 23:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
20-Oct-2017 19:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
20-Oct-2017 19:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
26-Nov-2017 18:36 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
07-Apr-2020 16:25 Anon. Updated [Source]

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