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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166305
Last updated: 14 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic M20T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mooney M20K 231
Owner/operator:Grund Joseph R
Registration: N200DP
C/n / msn: 25-0090
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:SW of Sussex County Airport (KGED), Georgetown, Delaware -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Woodbine, NJ (OBI)
Destination airport:Georgetown, DE (GED)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot departed on the 40-mile flight with an unknown quantity of fuel onboard the airplane, but he estimated that it had about 10 gallons more than he thought was needed for the flight. While maneuvering to land, he increased the engine power twice, but the engine did not respond. He anticipated that the airplane could land on the airport property; however, the airplane struck wires and terrain short of the runway. Seven gallons of fuel were recovered from the 78.6-gallon fuel system, of which 3 gallons were unusable. The amount of fuel recovered from each tank could not be determined, and which tank the pilot had selected at the time of the loss of engine power could also not be determined. However, after the accident, the pilot reported that data from the airplaneís engine monitor revealed that the fuel flow stopped 60 seconds before the propeller stopped. He added that he probably should have purchased fuel before his departure and that, if he had it to do over, he would. After replacing the damaged propeller with a slave propeller and adding 5 gallons of fuel in each wing tank, an engine test run was conducted; the engine started immediately, accelerated smoothly, and ran continuously without interruption throughout the test.

Probable Cause: The pilotís improper preflight planning and in-flight fuel management, which resulted in fuel starvation and a total loss of engine power. Also causal to the accident was the pilotís failure to see and avoid the wires on the airport boundary.



Revision history:

18-May-2014 18:03 gerard57 Added
18-May-2014 18:04 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn]
19-May-2014 02:50 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Destination airport, Source]
30-May-2014 05:38 Geno Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 14:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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