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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179283
Last updated: 4 November 2019
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Date:29-JUN-2004
Time:20:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N2364A
C/n / msn: 38-78A0656
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:near Lawrenceburg, Kentucky -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Frankfort, KY (FFT)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
After the airplane was leveled at 2,500 feet, the pilot demonstrated to the passenger, the effects of G forces by "floating" a notepad. During the demonstration, the engine lost total power. The pilot unsuccessfully attempted to restart the engine, and performed a forced landing to a field, where the fuselage and wings of the airplane were substantially damaged. The engine was successfully test ran after the accident, with no abnormalities noted. According to the airplane's Information Manual, "The shape of the wing fuel tanks is such that in certain maneuvers the fuel may move away from the tank outlet. If the outlet is uncovered, the fuel flow will be interrupted and a temporary loss of power may result. Pilots can prevent inadvertent uncovering of the outlet by avoiding maneuvers which could result in uncovering the outlet."
Probable Cause: The pilot's decision to perform a negative g maneuver, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20040714X00970&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Sep-2015 12:58 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 18:06 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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