ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 311188
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Narrative:A Piper PA-28-181 Archer II crashed into the sea off Leighton Beach, North Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia, after an engine power loss.
|Date:||Thursday 20 April 2023|
Piper PA-28-181 Archer II
|Year of manufacture:||1976|
|Engine model:||Textron Lycoming O-360|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2|
|Aircraft damage:|| Substantial|
|Location:||in sea off Leighton Beach, North Fremantle, Perth, WA -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Carnarvon Airport, WA (CVQ/YCAR)|
|Destination airport:||Jandakot Airport, WA (JAD/YPJT)|
|Investigating agency: ||ATSB|
|Confidence Rating:|| Accident investigation report completed and information captured|
Both occupants survived the crash. The aircraft is damaged beyond repair after being totally submerged in sea water as well as suffering structural damage.
The pilot departed Carnarvon with sufficient fuel for the intended flight to Jandakot via Geraldton but did not carry out regular fuel quantity checks in accordance with regulatory guidance or keep a written log of the fuel consumed from each tank during the flight.
During cruise at 1,900 ft, engine power subsided to low power then returned to normal power. This occurred a number of times, probably because of a lack of usable fuel in the selected (right) tank.
The pilot responded to the engine power anomalies by carrying out some of the emergency procedures but did not select the other (left) tank, which contained usable fuel. Consequently, engine power was not restored and the pilot carried out a forced ditching into the ocean near a beach.
Prior to the first departure from Geraldton on the day of the occurrence, the pilot drained a significant amount of water from both fuel tanks (that had been refuelled to full the night before) and from the fuel strainer. The aircraft was subsequently operated for over 6.5 hrs with a refuelling at Carnarvon without any symptoms of fuel contamination and it is unlikely that there was a significant amount of water remaining in the fuel.
https://thewest.com.au/news/disaster-and-emergency/four-people-forced-to-swim-to-shore-after-small-plane-crashes-at-leighton-beach-off-fremantle-c-10407086 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-04-20/two-people-to-safe-after-plane-crashes-in-sea-leighton/102249554 https://www.9news.com.au/national/plane-crashes-into-water-in-wa-two-passengers-survive/906cdab1-a8b6-435b-89cf-648481dddfa9 https://www.casa.gov.au/search-centre/aircraft-register?search_api_fulltext=FEY https://cdn.jetphotos.com/full/6/25039_1625576718.jpg
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|Investigating agency: ||ATSB |
|Report number: ||AO-2023-021 |
|Status: ||Investigation completed|
|Duration: ||7 months|
|Download report: || Final report|
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