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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188420
Last updated: 15 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150L
Owner/operator:Air America Aerial Ads
Registration: N6622G
C/n / msn: 15072122
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Coleman A Young Municipal Airport (KDET), Detroit, MI -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Banner towing
Departure airport:Detroit, MI (DET)
Destination airport:Detroit, MI (DET)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The commercial pilot was conducting a banner-tow flight. He reported that the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power after being airborne for at least 3 hours 9 minutes. He informed the tower controller of his emergency, released the banner, and conducted a forced landing to a nearby street. The airplane collided with a power line during the forced landing. The pilot reported that he had used a higher-than-normal engine power setting to maintain altitude throughout the accident flight.
A postaccident examination of the fuel system established that the left fuel tank was empty, that the right fuel tank contained residual fuel, and that the gascolator contained a few ounces of fuel. A subsequent test run established that there were no anomalies with the engine that would have precluded normal operation.
The operator had a policy that limited all banner-tow flights in the accident airplane to 3 hours or less to avoid fuel exhaustion. The operator also noted that environmental considerations, such as operating at a high-density altitude and/or in windy conditions, could require a higher-than-normal engine power setting and increased fuel consumption. Additionally, the operator told its pilots that banner-tow flights operating in such conditions should be reduced to between 2 hours 30 minutes and 2 hours 45 minutes. The pilot had received a verbal briefing within a month of the accident that covered the operatorís policy regarding the maximum allowable flight duration in the accident airplane while towing banners and acknowledged knowing these procedures.

Probable Cause: The pilotís disregard of the banner-tow operator's policy regarding the maximum allowable flight duration, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.


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Revision history:

28-Jun-2016 13:48 Geno Added
28-Jun-2016 13:49 Geno Updated [Source]
07-Jul-2016 04:26 Geno Updated [Other fatalities, Narrative]
04-Feb-2017 11:07 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-May-2017 07:31 PiperOnslaught Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2017 14:56 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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