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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 147323
Last updated: 22 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22-160 Tri-Pacer
Registration: N3442Z
C/n / msn: 22-7361
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Arcata Airport - KACV, McKinleyville, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Chico, CA (CIC)
Destination airport:Eureka, CA (ACV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot said that he had just acquired the airplane and was flying his first cross-country flight in it. He was not monitoring the fuel quantity in the left and right fuel tanks, because he thought the fuel selector was positioned to both tanks. However, the fuel selector was positioned to the left tank for the entire trip. On short final at his destination, the airplane’s engine lost power due to fuel starvation. The pilot performed a forced landing, which bent and wrinkled the fuselage and wings. The pilot had a total flight time of about 150 hours of which only 5 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper fuel management, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel starvation. Contributing to the accident were the pilot’s lack of experience in the accident airplane make and model and his lack of knowledge regarding the fuel system.


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Revision history:

02-Aug-2012 08:59 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 13:17 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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