ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster N978FE Round Rock, TX
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 18 October 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Operating for:Baron Aviation
Leased from:FedEx
Registration: N978FE
MSN: 208B0105
First flight: 1988
Total airframe hrs:10623
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6 km (3.8 mls) NE of Round Rock, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, TX (AUS/KAUS), United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Worth Alliance Airport, TX (AFW/KAFW), United States of America
The Cessna 208B departed Austin (AUS) at 22:51. Shortly after departure, at an altitude of about 7000 feet the engine lost power. The pilot attempted to land the airplane in a vacant field; however, the right wing collided with a utility pole, and subsequent impact with the ground. The airplane came to rest on its nose, with the top of the airplane leaning against a residential building at 2030 North County Road 122. There were no reported injuries to anyone in the building.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loss of engine power due to the failure of the engine-driven fuel pump. A contributing factor was the inadequate inspection of the engine driven fuel pump."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 224 days (7 months)
Accident number: DFW06LA010
Download report: Summary report


Forced landing outside airport

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photo of Cessna-208B-Super-Cargomaster-N978FE
accident date: 18-10-2005
type: Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
registration: N978FE

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, TX to Fort Worth Alliance Airport, TX as the crow flies is 310 km (194 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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