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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 132173
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Date:25-OCT-1993
Time:19:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-180
Owner/operator:Int'l Aviation
Registration: N16493
C/n / msn: 28-7305269
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Centerville, MD -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:FDK
Destination airport:ESN
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
HISTORY of FLIGHT

On Monday, October 25, 1993, at about 2045 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-180, N16493, piloted by Mr. Rudy Fanari, collided with water during a forced landing near Centerville, Maryland. The airplane was destroyed, and the pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight was being conducted under 14 CFR 91.

The airplane's engine lost power for unknown reasons, and the pilot made a forced landing in the Chester River, 200 yards off Spanish Point, in 20 to 30 feet of water.

According to the pilot's statement on the NTSB form 6120.1/2, after approximately one and a half hours of flight time, he switched fuel tanks from the right tank to the left tank. After switching tanks the engine started to run rough for approximately 2 minutes, and the pilot could not maintain altitude. The pilot said he checked gauges,switches and fuel, but could not determine the problem. The engine continued to lose power until the airplane impacted the water.

Several witness standing on the shore near the crash site heard:

...a loud roaring noise...over the river and no lights were visible...we all witnessed the sound, but could not determine if the noise was a boat or airplane. The object seemed out of control.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The airplane was not recovered from the water and the reason for the loss of engine power was not determined.
PROBABLE CAUSE:THE LOSS OF ENGINE POWER FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS.

Sources:

NTSB id 20001211X13647


Revision history:

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21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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