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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122898
Last updated: 8 September 2019
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Date:04-JUN-2011
Time:18:37
Type:Silhouette image of generic SREY model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N242RM
C/n / msn: 1MK369C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Crystal Airport - KMIC, MN -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Minneapolis, MN (MIC)
Destination airport:Minneapolis, MN (MIC)
Narrative:
According to an air traffic controller, shortly after takeoff, approximately 50 to 100 feet above ground level, the pilot contacted the tower controller and stated "...we're gonna," and the transmission ended. The tower controller said that when the airplane reached the departure end of the runway, the airplane entered a left bank and impacted terrain. The airplane came to rest inverted, adjacent to the runway. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the engine's fuel system contained brownish fluid, consistent with old and dirty automotive fuel. The pilot stated that he did not service the airplane with fuel prior to takeoff and that the airplane hadnít been flown in at least 6 months. A postaccident examination revealed that the fuel system hoses were cracked and degraded, and one fuel line was improperly modified. Further, a conditional inspection of the airplane had not been completed in the previous 3 years. The engine was test run postaccident with fresh automotive fuel, and it ran normally for about 5 minutes at various power settings. Based on the tower controller's description of the accident sequence, it is likely the airplane entered an aerodynamic stall shortly after takeoff. It is also likely that the improper servicing and maintenance of the fuel system could have contributed to degraded engine performance.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed during takeoff, which resulted in an inadvertent stall. Contributing to the accident was the degraded engine performance due to the improper servicing and maintenance of the fuel system.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20110606X30155&key=1
http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000080099.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jun-2011 06:57 RobertMB Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 16:55 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Sep-2019 19:36 Geno Updated [Source]

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