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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146560
Last updated: 17 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-150 Apache D
Registration: N3170P
C/n / msn: 23-1105
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Balctic, Clark Township, about 30 miles southwest of Canton, OH -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Akron, OH (KCAK)
Destination airport:SouthCharleston, WV (WV12)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Shortly after takeoff, the left engine lost power so the pilot diverted to an alternate airport for landing. After the left engine was secured, the airplane was not maintaining altitude so the pilot selected an off-airport site short of the alternate airport to land. While approaching the off-airport site, the right engine lost power, and the airplane was substantially damaged during the forced landing. An examination of the fuel system revealed an extensive amount of corrosion consistent with the continued presence of water over an extended period. Both engine carburetor screens were occluded with particle contaminants, which likely resulted in the loss of power in both engines. The pilot reported that before the flight, he conducted a normal preflight inspection, had 54 gallons of fuel added to both main fuel tanks, and sumped one fuel sump cup full of fuel out of each main tank. Neither the previous owner nor the accident pilot was aware of an airworthiness directive (AD) requiring a special fuel sumping procedure before every flight. The AD also specifies that the procedure should be incorporated into the owner handbook and pilotís operating manual. The required documentation advising pilots of this preflight procedure was not in the airplane.
Probable Cause: Loss of engine power due to fuel starvation as a result of particulate contaminant on the carburetor screens.



Revision history:

29-Jun-2012 01:49 gerard57 Added
29-Jun-2012 08:13 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Jun-2012 08:09 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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