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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59656
Last updated: 22 April 2018
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Type:Maule M-5-180C
Registration: N66VJ
C/n / msn: 8077C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Moultrie, Georgia -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Moultrie, GA (MGR)
Destination airport:Moultrie, GA (MUL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane was flown from Texas to Georgia, with an intermediate fuel stop in Mississippi. After landing at an airport in Georgia, the pilot/owner realized that his destination was situated on a different airport, located about 6 miles away. The pilot stated that he departed for the other airport, and when the airplane was at an altitude of approximately 1,500 feet above mean sea level, and 2 miles from the second airport, the engine "quit running." Attempts to restart the engine were unsuccessful, and the pilot conducted a forced landing to a field, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane. Post-accident examination revealed that the airplane had sufficient fuel, and was configured properly for flight. The engine was successfully started and run with no problems. A detailed examination of the engine compartment revealed that the carburetor heat duct, which consisted of a material typically referred to as "scat tubing," was split around most of its circumference. Maintenance records indicated that an annual inspection was completed 4 days prior to the accident. The records indicated that the duct was installed on the airplane at least 8 years prior to the accident, and may have been installed 19 years prior to the accident. A representative of a manufacturer of aircraft scat tubing stated that the company considered the material to have a "shelf life" of 20 years.
Probable Cause: A loss of engine power due to carburetor icing as a result of the maintenance technician's failure to detect and correct the condition of the carburetor heat duct.



Revision history:

23-Apr-2009 10:48 slowkid Added
23-Apr-2009 10:51 slowkid Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 18:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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