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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202097
Last updated: 13 August 2019
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Date:01-JAN-2010
Time:19:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic M4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Maule M-4-220C
Owner/operator:Candlerock International Corp
Registration: N2028U
C/n / msn: 2016C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Pearsall, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Austin, TX (AUS)
Destination airport:Crystal City, TX (20R)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
While on a night cross-country flight the pilot experienced problems with the airplane’s global positioning system (GPS) and elected to land to recharge the battery. Once airborne the pilot again experienced problems with the GPS and received vectors to his destination airport. While in the vicinity of the destination airport, the pilot was unable to activate the airport’s runway lights or to see the airport beacon. The pilot then selected an alternate airport located 45 miles away; however, while en route the airplane’s fuel supply was exhausted and the airplane experienced a complete loss of engine power. During the ensuing forced landing the main landing gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest upright in a ditch. The pilot and passengers were able to exit unassisted. A review of flight planning publications for the destination airport revealed that the rotating beacon was listed as out of service and that a frequency other than the Common Traffic Advisory Frequency was needed to activate the runway lights. In addition, Federal Aviation Regulations require a pilot flying at night to have enough fuel to arrive at the intended destination plus an additional 45 minutes worth of fuel.
Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion as a result of the pilot’s inadequate preflight planning.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20100105X60423&key=1


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