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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145637
Last updated: 19 April 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic FOX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Denney Kitfox 3
Owner/operator:Gothenburg Leasing, LLC
Registration: N7199T
C/n / msn: 1155
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:By roads 450 and 758, NW of Elm Creek, NE -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Central City, NE (K07K)
Destination airport:Gothenburg, NE (KGTE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The accident occurred on the first flight following a condition inspection. The pilot reported that about 50 minutes after takeoff, the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power. The pilot lowered the nose of the airplane and was able to restart the engine. The loss of engine power occurred five more times, and the pilot was able to regain power after each power loss except for the last. The pilot chose a field in which to land, but the airplane collided with a grass embankment before arriving at the field. A postaccident examination of the engine revealed the pistons in the two-cycle engine had seized due to a lack of lubrication. The injection oil reservoir contained an unusable amount of oil. The integrity of the oil injection system was verified and no breaches were noted. The pilot stated that he did not check the oil level during the preflight inspection.
Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to verify the amount of oil in the injection oil reservoir before takeoff, which resulted in an insufficient fuel/oil ratio and subsequent loss of engine power.


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Revision history:

15-May-2012 08:42 Geno Added
16-May-2012 16:39 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:39 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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