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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 147530
Last updated: 24 July 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: N2552C
C/n / msn: 38-79A0228
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Field near Fate, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Rockwall, TX (F46)
Destination airport:Rockwall, TX (F46)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that he had been flying for about 30 minutes near a fresh water lake when he turned west toward the airport to practice takeoffs and landings. About 10 miles east of the airport at 2,300 feet mean sea level, the engine “stuttered,” and the rpm dropped from 2,450 to 2,300 rpm. The pilot unsuccessfully tried to restore engine power. About 2 miles from the airport, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot conducted a forced landing to a field, and the airplane nosed over during the landing roll. The examination of airplane’s systems did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. The engine was test run on the airframe, and it ran normally with no anomalies noted. The pilot reported that 12 gallons of fuel were in the left tank and that 10 gallons of fuel were in the right tank at takeoff. The atmospheric conditions at the time of the accident were conducive to the accumulation of carburetor ice while operating at a sustained idle engine power setting. However, the engine power setting used during cruise flight would have been significantly higher than an idle engine setting; therefore, it is unlikely that carburetor ice accumulated during the accident.

Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examinations did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.


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Revision history:

09-Aug-2012 09:07 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 13:18 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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