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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 182564
Last updated: 14 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft C24R Sierra
Registration: N2074P
MSN: MC-608
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Barrow County, south Statham, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Jefferson, GA (19A)
Destination airport:Winder, GA (WDR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot was conducting a personal cross-country flight. The pilot last fueled the airplane 10 days before the accident. Review of GPS data and fueling records revealed that between the last fueling and the accident, the airplane had been operated for nearly 4 hours. Several witnesses observed the airplane flying overhead as it neared the destination airport and then saw it impact treetops near a golf course. One of the witnesses stated that the left wing was low and that the airplane was losing altitude "very quickly" before it impacted terrain. Another witness reported hearing the engine "sputtering" before impact. The witness drove to the accident scene and saw fuel leaking from the airplane.

Examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or abnormalities that would have precluded normal operation; however, the examination noted alack of rotational signatures on the propeller. The right fuel tank was found intact and empty.

The witness's description of the engine sputtering as well as the lack of rotational signatures on the propeller suggest that the engine had likely lost power before the impact. Although the fuel selector was found in the left fuel tank position, it could not be determined what position the selector valve was in before the loss of engine power. It is possible that the pilot exhausted the fuel in the right fuel tank and was attempting to restart the engine from the left fuel tank when the accident occurred; however, based on the available evidence, the reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.
Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined because the examination of the wreckage did not reveal any mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

20-Dec-2015 23:23 Geno Added
21-Dec-2015 11:31 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
21-Dec-2015 19:48 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Source, Narrative]
22-Dec-2015 16:59 Geno Updated [Registration, Nature, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
15-May-2017 20:00 PiperOnslaught Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2017 14:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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