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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36218
Last updated: 16 November 2019
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Date:17-JAN-1996
Time:17:59
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N3326Q
C/n / msn: 32R-7780305
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Milwaukee, WI -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)
Destination airport:Madison, WI (MSN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot was flying at night, over Lake Michigan, in IFR conditions when he informed Milwaukee Approach that the engine had quit. He was 20 miles northeast of Milwaukee. He was able to glide about 12 miles before impacting the water. The body of the pilot and airplane were recovered about two months after the accident. Examination of the engine driven fuel pump revealed that a 3/4 inch rubber washer was restricting the fuel flow through the outflow valve of the pump. Airworthiness Directive (AD) 93-11-11 states that the remanufactured fuel pump was to be replaced before the next flight in order 'to prevent disruption of fuel flow to the engine, which can result in a loss of engine power.' The AD had not been complied with. CAUSE: Inadequate maintenance and inspection in that the Airworthiness Directive which applied to the fuel pump had not been complied with. A factor was the pilot was unable to reach land.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001208X05107


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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