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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 138891
Last updated: 30 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic M20T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mooney M20K 231
Registration: N231EB
C/n / msn: 25-0190
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Ridgefield, near Danbury Municipal Airport - KDXR, CT -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Ridgefield, CT (DXR)
Destination airport:Ridgefield, CT (DXR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, he completed a preflight inspection, which included checking the fuel quantity and conducting an engine run-up, without any discrepancies noted. The airplane took off without incident; however, at about 1,100 feet mean sea level, when the pilot made a right crosswind turn, the engine lost total power. The pilot unsuccessfully attempted to restart the engine and subsequently completed a forced landing to a residential area. Postaccident examination of the airplane did not reveal any mechanical malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation. The fuel selector was observed positioned to the left fuel tank, which did not contain any fuel. The right fuel tank contained about 8 gallons of fuel. The fuel tanks were intact and there was no evidence of a fuel spill at the accident site.
Probable Cause: The pilotís improper fuel management, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.



Revision history:

01-Oct-2011 14:28 Alpine Flight Added
01-Oct-2011 17:35 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:21 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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