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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21422
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Time:11:40 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub
Registration: D-EFXY
C/n / msn: 18-4963
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kiewit - Hasselt (EBZH) -   Belgium
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Kiewit - Hasselt (EBZH)
Destination airport:Kiewit - Hasselt (EBZH)
The aircraft was used by the gliders club located on Kiewit airfield for the aerotow of gliders. The aircraft took off for the eleventh time on Sunday 22 June, at 11:38 with a towed Grob Twin Astir glider, registered OO-ZEY.
Rapidly after take-off, when reaching an altitude of 300 ft, the engine stopped. The pilot realized he could not continue straight ahead, due to the presence of houses and trees. He was also too low to return to the airfield. He decided to turn to the left, and attempt to land on the roof of hangars adjoining the road leading to the airfield (Luchtvaartstraat).
The pilot wiggled the wings, in order to signal the glider to release the rope, and turned to the left. The sign was not identified by the glider's pilot, who saw that the towing aircraft descended lower than the glider, and steering to the left with the tow rope still
The glider pilot finally released the rope, and performed a U-turn to land back on the runway.
The towing pilot concentrated on flying the aircraft. After having hit a tree, the aircraft went straight into the sidewall of the hangar, hitting a frame supporting the roof.

The aircraft crashed due to fuel starvation. This was influenced by the following factors:
- the high rate of flights (transit time of 2 to 1 minutes) pushing the pilot to maximize the use of the on-board fuel.
- an average fuel consumption higher than the fuel consumption of PA-18 usually flown by the pilot.
- a misunderstanding of the operating conditions defined in the Aircraft Flight Manual of this particular aircraft; in particular the limitations pertaining to the use of the fuel tanks. Flying outside the limitations set in the AFM.
- markings on the fuel selector valve and fuel gauges not complying with the applicable STC.
- possible major differences between aircraft of the same type, giving the pilot a false feeling of confidence. (Same Piper PA-18, but possible different fuel system configurations, different propellers, different engines).
- unreliable and imprecise fuel quantity measuring system (gauges).


Revision history:

23-Jun-2008 04:46 simulator Added
23-Jun-2008 09:16 paridom Updated
23-Jun-2008 14:42 JINX Updated
23-Jun-2008 20:58 Fusko Updated
24-Jun-2008 23:25 Fusko Updated
15-Oct-2008 11:29 harro Updated

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