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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 33449
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22-160 Tri-Pacer
Owner/operator:Stephen Hutchinson (reg. owner)
Registration: G-ARSX
C/n / msn: 22-325
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 miles south of Portadown, County Armagh -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Tayto Castle, Tandragee, County Armagh,
Destination airport:Newtownards Airport (EGAD)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair 6 July 2001 when crashed 5 miles south of Portadown, County Armagh, due to engine failure caused by a fuel supply problem. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot had planned to conduct a ferry flight from Tayto Castle to Newtownards. He carried out the external and internal pre-flight actions, engine oil was replenished and the fuel drains checked. After engine start temperatures and pressures, magnetos checks and carburettor heat control were satisfactory. The aircraft was taxied with the left fuel tank selected and the engine run-up checks, prior to departure, were carried out with the right tank selected.

The pilot took off into wind on a heading of 330 (surface wind 330/10 kt) with the intention of turning right onto a track of 060. In the climbing turn at 200 feet agl with approximately 10 of bank applied the engine stopped. The pilot immediately checked the magnetos, fuel selector and throttle. Realising that there was not enough time to attempt a re-start he continued turning right towards a clear area and carried out a forced landing with second stage flap selected. The pilot, who was wearing a 4 point harness, vacated the aircraft with minor injuries to his back.

The pilot's notes for the aircraft describe the left fuel tank as the main tank and the right tank as the auxiliary. It states that, when the contents of the auxiliary (right) tank are less than a third it must be used in level flight only. The total right tank capacity is 72 litres and its contents at the time of the accident were 30 litres thus an adequate fuel supply should have been assured.

Post accident examination of the fuel system however revealed evidence of fuel in the gascolator, a fully serviceable carburettor but with no evidence of fuel within the carburettor bowl. The aircraft had been parked in the open for a month prior to this flight and subject to a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. The pilot, in consultation with the maintenance engineers, assessed that the cause of the power loss was probably due to a vapour lock within the fuel feed from the auxiliary (right) tank".

As G-ARSX was "Damaged beyond economic repair" the registration was cancelled on 12 February 2002 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"


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Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
14-Feb-2015 02:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
17-Jul-2016 17:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Source]

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