Accident description
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 23 August 1990
Time:17:20
Type:Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I
Operator:Rowan Drilling Comp. Marine
Registration: N80RD
C/n / msn: 198
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:5343
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 529-8X
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH) (   United States of America) show on map
Crash site elevation: 30 m (98 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH/KIAH), United States of America
Destination airport:New Orleans International Airport, LA (MSY/KMSY), United States of America
Narrative:
The no. 1 engine partially lost power on takeoff from runway 14L due to a malfunctioning fuel pump. The power loss was not sufficient to trigger the autofeathering system. Feathering was manually initiated, but the aircraft lost control and crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Partial failure of the left engine fuel pump, which resulted in a partial loss of power in the left engine, but not enough of a power loss to trigger and/or complete the autofeathering operation of the left propeller, thus allowing insufficient time for the crew to manually feather the propeller or attain Vmc (for the aircraft configured with an unfeathered propeller)."

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 3/94 (#68)
» NTSB


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Distance from Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX to New Orleans International Airport, LA as the crow flies is 486 km (304 miles).

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