Accident Pipistrel Virus SW 121C Velis Club N91RR,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 300624
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Date:Monday 7 November 2022
Time:16:35 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PIVI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Pipistrel Virus SW 121C Velis Club
Owner/operator:Right Rudder Aviation
Registration: N91RR
MSN: VSWX121C0106
Year of manufacture:2022
Total airframe hrs:123 hours
Engine model:Rotax 912 S3-01
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cross City, FL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Quincy, FL (2J9)
Destination airport:Cross City, FL
Investigating agency: NTSB
The two pilots were conducting multiple cross-country flights the day of the accident with the purpose of building flight time as part of an air carrier pilot development program. The pilots departed for the fourth leg of the day and the left seat pilot was primarily flying for this leg. Both pilots reported that while enroute they noticed the fuel level was low. Subsequently, about 15 nautical miles from the destination, the engine lost all power. The left seat pilot reported that the right seat passenger took control of the airplane after the loss of power. About 600 feet above ground level (agl) the right seat passenger deployed the ballistic parachute recovery system when it became clear that they would not be able to glide to an airport. The impact with the ground resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage.
Post-accident inspection of the fuel system showed no fuel visible in either wing tank and no fuel visible in the inline fuel filters.
The left seat pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilots' inadequate preflight fuel planning and improper in-flight fuel management, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion and subsequent deployment of the ballistic parachute recovery system.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA23LA051
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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Revision history:

08-Nov-2022 07:53 gerard57 Added
08-Nov-2022 09:00 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
08-Nov-2022 22:35 Captain Adam Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
03-Sep-2023 06:27 Anon. Updated [[Source, Damage, Narrative]]

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