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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162308
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:15-NOV-2013
Time:15:45
Type:Maule M-5-180C
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N76RD
C/n / msn: 8034C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Near Marshfield Municipal Airport (KGHG), Marshfield, MA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Marshfield, MA (GHG)
Destination airport:Falmouth, MA (5B6)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot reported that the airplane departed with adequate fuel onboard (about 40 gallons) but that, about 400 feet above ground level, the engine lost partial power. Specifically, the rpm dropped to 1,500, and the engine began to “backfire.” The pilot turned the airplane to avoid some houses and performed a forced landing into trees. After the impact, a fire ensued and consumed most of the wreckage. Subsequent examination of the engine and propeller governor did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation. Several engine accessories, including the magnetos and carburetor, could not be tested due to heat and impact damage. Additionally, no fuel samples could be tested because all of the fuel was consumed in the fire. The reason for the partial loss of engine power could not be determined.

Probable Cause: A partial loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined in postaccident examinations because fire damage precluded testing of the fuel and several engine accessories.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20131118X25612&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Nov-2013 00:22 Geno Added
16-Nov-2013 01:34 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
27-Nov-2013 04:53 Geno Updated [Time, Registration, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 09:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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