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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 140461
Last updated: 8 November 2019
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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
Registration: N9279T
C/n / msn: 38-78A0315
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Merry Hill, Bertie County, NC -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Plymouth, NC (PMZ)
Destination airport:Merry Hill, NC
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane was maneuvering at a treetop level toward an open field when the engine stopped producing power. The airplane then descended at a steep angle over the approach end of the field and collided with terrain, nosed over, and came to rest inverted. Examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical anomaly. The left fuel tank was selected on the fuel selector, and no fuel was found in the left tank. There was no odor of fuel, and no fuel staining present around the tank. The right fuel tank was also empty, but there was some fuel blighting of the vegetation beneath the right fuel cap. The pilot/owner did not hold a pilot certificate.
Probable Cause: Operation of the airplane by a non-certificated pilot. Contributing to the accident was the non-certificated pilotís failure to maintain airspeed while making a forced landing following a total loss of engine power at low altitude, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall. Also contributing was the pilotís improper fuel management, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.


FAA register: (photo)

Revision history:

17-Dec-2011 02:43 gerard57 Added
17-Dec-2011 04:11 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
28-Dec-2011 10:42 Geno Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:38 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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