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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35923
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Date:11-MAY-1995
Time:00:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-151
Owner/operator:Donald Vancura
Registration: N41329
C/n / msn: 28-7415174
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:North Loup, NE -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Garden City, KS
Destination airport:Ord, NE (ODX)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
ON 5/9/95, THE STUDENT PILOT & HIS INSTRUCTOR (CFI) DEPARTED ORD, NE, ON A LONG CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT TO MARANA, AZ. SEVERAL STOPS WERE MADE EN ROUTE TO REFUEL AND/OR REST, THOUGH THEY GOT ONLY ABOUT 4 HRS OF SLEEP BEFORE CONTINUING THEIR TRIP THE NEXT DAY. THE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS FOR THE CFI TO PURCHASE A 2ND AIRPLANE AT MARANA, THEN FOR BOTH AIRPLANES TO RETURN TO ORD, TOGETHER. HOWEVER, THE 2ND AIRPLANE WAS NOT READY, SO THEY DECIDED THAT THE STUDENT WOULD RETURN TO ORD ON A SOLO CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT. ON THE RETURN FLIGHT (BEGINNING AT ABOUT 1230 CDT ON 5/10/95), THE STUDENT STOPPED TO REFUEL AT ROSWELL, NM, DALHART, TX, & GARDEN CITY, KS. HE TOOK OFF FROM GARDEN CITY AT NIGHT (2123 CDT), BUT THE PLANE CRASHED ABOUT 12 MILES SOUTHEAST OF THE DESTINATION AIRPORT. A RADAR PROFILE (MATCHING THE FLIGHT) DISAPPEARED FROM THE SCOPE AT 0053 CDT IN THE VICINITY OF THE CRASH SITE. AN EXAM REVEALED THE AIRPLANE IMPACTED IN A VERTICAL ATTITUDE, WITH NO INDICATION OF ENGINE ROTATION. NO FUEL WAS FOUND AT THE ENGINE OR RIGHT WING, THOUGH THE PLANE RECEIVED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE DURING IMPACT. THE STUDENT HAD 19 HOURS FLIGHT TIME BEFORE DEPARTING ON THE CROSS-COUNTRY, HAD RECEIVED NO SPIN RECOVERY TRAINING, NO UNUSUAL ATTITUDE RECOVERY TRAINING, AND NO STALL RECOVERY TRAINING AT NIGHT. THE STUDENT'S LOG BOOK HAD NO RECORD OF RECEIVING TRAINING IN EMERGENCY PROCEDURES. THE WEATHER WAS CLEAR WITH LIGHT WINDS ON A PARTIALLY MOONLIT NIGHT. CAUSE: FAILURE TO THE STUDENT PILOT TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE DURING A FORCED LANDING, AFTER EXPERIENCING FUEL STARVATION DUE TO FUEL MISMANAGEMENT. FACTORS RELATING TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: INADEQUATE OVERSIGHT (SUPERVISION) BY THE FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR (CFI), FAILURE OF THE STUDENT TO RESTART THE ENGINE (EMERGENCY PROCEDURE), INADEQUATE EMERGENCY PROCEDURE TRAINING BY THE CFI, DARKNESS, THE STUDENT'S LACK OF EXPERIENCE, AND FATIGUE (LACK OF SLEEP).

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001207X03419


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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