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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 121500
Last updated: 24 September 2019
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Date:02-APR-2011
Time:13:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N2491K
C/n / msn: 38-79A0664
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Weston Canal Road, Franklin Township, NJ -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Mount Holly, NJ (VAY)
Destination airport:Manville, NJ (47N)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot stated that he and his son departed on a flight to practice instrument approaches at three different airports. He said that the practice approaches that he completed were uneventful. On the return flight, with the son at the controls, on the base leg of the traffic pattern, the engine experienced a total loss of engine power. The pilot said that the fuel selector was on the left wing tank, and the corresponding fuel quantity gauge indicated that the tank was empty. He switched the fuel selector to the right tank, which he used during the practice approaches; however, an attempted restart was unsuccessful. He conducted a forced landing to a road, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage, horizontal stabilizer, and rudder. Postaccident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left fuel tank contained less than one pint of fuel, and the right fuel tank contained approximately 6 gallons.
Probable Cause: The pilotís improper fuel management which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20110404X94754&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Apr-2011 05:34 RobertMB Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 16:51 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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