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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 140251
Last updated: 11 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
Owner/operator:Mazzei Flying Service
Registration: N2466D
C/n / msn: 38-79A0324
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Yolo County Airport - KDWA, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Sacramento, CA (SMF)
Destination airport:Davis, CA (DWA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Before beginning the cross-country flight, the pilot did not fill the fuel tanks to capacity due to weight and balance concerns and estimated the amount of fuel onboard. While on final approach, the engine lost power. Following the loss of engine power, the pilot switched fuel tanks, but he could not recall which fuel tank the fuel selector was positioned to before the power loss. The pilot landed the airplane in a field short of the runway, and the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. When the airplane came to rest, the pilot positioned the fuel selector to the "off" position. Postaccident examination revealed that fuel was present in the left wing tank; however, no fuel was identified in the right wing tank. The engine was test run with no operational anomalies identified. Although the position of the fuel selector when the power loss occurred could not be determined, it is likely that it was positioned to the right fuel tank. In this position, the engine would have been unable to access fuel from the left fuel tank.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate fuel management, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.



Revision history:

06-Dec-2011 23:32 RobertMB Added
19-Dec-2011 10:30 Geno Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:39 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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