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Last updated: 22 June 2018
Fecha:jueves 23 agosto 1990
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic G159 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I
Operador:Rowan Drilling Comp. Marine
Registración: N80RD
Numéro de série: 198
Año de Construcción: 1969
Horas Totales de la Célula:5343
Motores: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 529-8X
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 12
Total:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 15
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Elevación del lugar del accidente: 30 m (98 feet) amsl
Fase: Despegue (TOF)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH/KIAH), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:New Orleans International Airport, LA (MSY/KMSY), Estados Unidos de América
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:

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)."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 12 months
Accident number: FTW90MA161
Download report: Summary report

» ICAO Adrep Summary 3/94 (#68)


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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).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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