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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 164749
Last updated: 26 November 2019
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Date:18-MAR-2014
Time:11:14 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six C
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N87619
C/n / msn: 32-40752
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Arau Backdam, Eteringbang -   Guyana
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Arau Airstrip
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The aircraft departed Arau Airstrip at 13:05hrs UTC approximately and crashed about 3-4 minutes after takeoff on the Crubu Mountain, four miles from Arau. The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff, the engine started running rough and he turned the aircraft around in an attempt to get back to Arau Airstrip. He reported that he had 5gls of fuel in the left main tank and 18gls in the right main tank. However he started the aircraft and executed the takeoff with the fuel selector on the left main tank. When he was approximately 900ft above Crubu Mountain, the engine started to run rough. His immediate reaction was to switch tanks. The intention was to switch to the right main tank but in the urgency of the situation, he mistakenly moved the selector past the right main tank to the right wing tip tank which was empty.
He explained that because he was low over the terrain he did not have much time to react. He recalls looking for a clear spot to put down the aircraft, but could not recall much about the crash because he lost consciousness.

Sources:

http://www.caribnewsdesk.com/news/7625-breaking-three-critical-in-airplane-crash-in-guyana-s-interior
http://www.stabroeknews.com/2014/news/stories/03/18/plane-crashes-arau-three-injured/
http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=87619

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Mar-2014 18:47 gerard57 Added
19-Mar-2014 00:09 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source]
14-Nov-2018 16:16 harro Updated [Departure airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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