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Accident description
Last updated: 28 May 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 6 May 2016
Time:12:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 2R
Operator:American Airpower Heritage Museum
Registration: N2AN
C/n / msn: 1G210-55
First flight: 1985
Total airframe hrs:2924
Engines: 1 Shvetsov ASh-62IR
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:1,3 km (0.8 mls) N of San Bernardino International Airport, CA (SBD) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Upland-Cable Airport, CA (CCB/KCCB), United States of America
Destination airport:San Bernardino International Airport, CA (SBD/KSBD), United States of America
Narrative:
An Antonov 2 biplane, N2AN, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing, following a reported loss of engine power during approach to the San Bernardino International Airport, California. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a familiarization flight. The commercial pilot and sole passenger were not injured. The airplane departed the Upland-Cable Airport, California, about 11:45.
The pilot stated to the NTSB that the flight was a familiarization flight for a new member of their chapter of the Commemorative Air Force. The flight departed the Cable airport and flew east along the mountains, headed to San Bernardino. They contacted the San Bernardino tower and were instructed to enter the crosswind for runway 24. As part of the before landing checklist, the pilot turned on the carburetor heat and switched the fuel tank selector to the right fuel tank. Shortly thereafter, the engine lost all power. The pilot attempted numerous times to restart the engine, but was unsuccessful.
The pilot realized that he would not be able to reach the airport, and decided to make a forced landing to a small field in a residential area. During the landing approach, the airplane contacted a power line. After touching down in the field the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

During the postaccident examination of the airplane, about 16 ounces of water were removed from the fuel system. Water was present in the lower gascolator, the fine fuel filter (upper gascolator), and subsequent fuel line to the carburetor inlet. A brass screen at the carburetor inlet and 2 carburetor fuel bowl thumb screens also contained corrosion, water, and rust.
The approved aircraft inspection checklist called for washing the carburetor and main fuel filter every 50 hours and cleaning and/or replacing the fine fuel filter every 100 hours. The fine fuel filter is not easily accessible and not able to be drained during a preflight inspection. The mechanic who completed the most recent inspection stated that he did not drain or check the fine fuel filter. The last logbook entry that specifically stated the fuel filters were cleaned was about 4 years before the accident.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The mechanicís failure to inspect the fine fuel filter gascolator as required during the most recent inspection, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel contamination.

Accident investigation:
cover
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
status: Final
number: WPR16LA101
released:1 May 2017
duration of investigation: 12 months
download report: WPR16LA101

Classification:
Fuel contamination
All engine powerloss
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» KTLA


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Distance from Upland-Cable Airport, CA to San Bernardino International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 41 km (26 miles).

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