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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 151085
Last updated: 20 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172M Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Dutch Wings Flight School
Registration: N172BJ
C/n / msn: 17264243
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Houston Southwest Airport - KAXH, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Arcola, TX (AXH)
Destination airport:Beamont, TX (BPT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot said that the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power while climbing through 500 feet above ground level. The flight instructor took the controls and performed a landing on a freshly plowed field, which resulted in the airplane nosing over. Postaccident examination of the engine and associated components did not reveal any mechanical failure. The examination revealed that the right fuel tank contained about one gallon of fuel and the left fuel tank was almost full. The master switch was in the on position, the key switch was in the off position, and the fuel selector was in the off position. The airplane was fueled before the flight, but the reason for the fuel imbalance between fuel tanks could not be determined. It is unknown if the fuel selector was on the left tank during the flight and then placed in the off position after the accident.
Probable Cause: The loss of engine power during initial climb for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination of the engine did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.



Revision history:

08-Dec-2012 06:59 FLYINGBROTHER1 Added
08-Dec-2012 16:41 RobertMB Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 14:01 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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