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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 83047
Last updated: 20 April 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-181 Archer III
Owner/operator:TransPac Aviation Academy
Registration: N4122F
C/n / msn: 2843118
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Wittmann, Arizona -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Wickenburg, AZ (E25)
Destination airport:Phoenix, AZ (DVT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The student pilot was making a solo cross-country flight involving four flight legs. Before beginning the final return leg, he completed multiple full stop landings and touch-and-go landings that he had not included in his preflight planning. During the final leg, the engine began to lose power. The student pilot switched the fuel selector valve to the left tank, but then switched it back to the right tank after a short period of time. The engine subsequently lost all power, and the student pilot made a forced landing in rough terrain. Postaccident examination revealed that the right fuel tank was not breached and was empty of fuel. The left fuel tank was breached, and the soil beneath the tank was wet with fuel. After the wreckage was recovered, a fuel delivery system was rigged, and the engine was started and continued to run as the fuel selector was positioned to both the right and left fuel tank positions. According to the pilot operating handbook for the airplane, if the pilot allows a tank to run dry and the engine loses power, it may take up to 10 seconds for fuel to reach the engine after the other tank is selected. It is likely that, after running the right tank dry, the pilot did not leave the selector in the left tank position for long enough to allow fuel to reach the engine.
Probable Cause: The pilotís improper fuel management, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.



Revision history:

01-Dec-2010 23:53 slowkid Added
04-Dec-2010 03:17 bizjets101 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 18:43 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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