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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133830
Last updated: 22 April 2021
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Type:Smyth Sidewinder
Registration: N177TJ
Msn: 2559
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Minden, LA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:2M6
Destination airport:DTN
Investigating agency: NTSB
On June 16, 1996, approximately 1815 central daylight time, an Owens/Smyth Sidewinder homebuilt airplane, N177TJ, registered to and operated by a private owner, was destroyed during a forced landing following a loss of engine power in the vicinity of Minden, Louisiana. The private pilot and his passenger received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the Title 14 CFR Part 91 personal cross country flight that originated near Memphis, Tennessee, 1 hour and 25 minutes earlier.

The pilot reported that he was at about 2,500 feet MSL and about 15 miles from his destination airport of Shreveport Downtown Airport in Shreveport, Louisiana, when the airplane's engine lost power. The pilot landed the airplane in a right wing low attitude in a field covered with small saplings and bushes. Control was lost, and the airplane came to rest in the inverted position. The airplane came to rest in an inverted position.

In the enclosed Pilot/Operator Report (NTSB Form 6120.1/2), the pilot stated that he departed Memphis with 17 gallons of fuel on board. The FAA inspector on the scene of the accident reported that he drained 3 tablespoons of fuel from the fuel tank. The pilot reported as a safety recommendation, "When calibrating fuel capacity and markings for [the] fuel gauge, fuel should have been drained to see how the fuel gauge indicated as fuel was being used."
PROBABLE CAUSE:The pilot's improper fuel consumption calculations resulting in fuel exhaustion. A factor was the unsuitable terrain for the forced landing.


NTSB id 20001208X05979

Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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