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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 178639
Last updated: 25 April 2019
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Date:14-AUG-2015
Time:07:00
Type:Stinson SR-9B Reliant
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N17154
C/n / msn: 5115
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Near Brown Field Municipal Airport (KSDM), San Diego, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:San Diego, CA (SDM)
Destination airport:San Diego, CA (SDM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The private pilot stated that, after about 30 minutes airborne on the local flight, the engine experienced a partial loss of power and the airplane began to lose altitude. The pilot switched the fuel selector to the other fuel tank and made a forced landing onto a highway. After touching down on the highway, the engine regained power and the pilot departed again; but shortly thereafter, the engine experienced a total loss of power. During the subsequent off-airport landing in a field, the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.
The pilot initially reported that he departed with about 20 gallons of fuel on board but was unsure of the exact quantity. He†later stated†that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane, and that the loss of power was likely the result of fuel starvation or exhaustion. During postaccident examination, there was no odor of fuel present around the wreckage and no evidence of fuel in the wing tanks or the fuel lines.†

Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion as a result of the pilotís failure to verify the fuel quantity before the flight.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20150814X04638&key=1
FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=17154


Images:

Photo of N17154 courtesy AirHistory.net


San Diego / El Cajon - Gillespie Field (KSEE / SEE)
30 April 2005; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Aug-2015 16:23 Geno Added
14-Aug-2015 17:05 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Aug-2015 22:17 Geno Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
17-Aug-2015 22:20 Geno Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
19-Aug-2017 13:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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