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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37278
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Date:10-JAN-1991
Time:12:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic GNAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Folland Gnat T.1
Owner/operator:Gnati Inc
Registration: N3XR
C/n / msn: FL587
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Bossier City, Louisiana -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Panama City, FL (PFN)
Destination airport:Dallas, TX (FTW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
DURING A FLT FROM FLORIDA TO TEXAS, THE PLT MADE AN EN ROUTE STOP AT PANAMA CITY, FL & REFUELED. AT 1043 CST, HE DEPD PANAMA CITY & PROCEEDED ON AN IFR FLT AT FLT LEVEL 310 TO DALLAS, TX. AT 1227 CST (AFTER MAKING A WX CHECK), HE CHANGED HIS DESTN & WAS CLEARED TO PROCEED DIRECT TO SHREVEPORT, LA. THE LAST TRANSMISSION FROM THE ACFT WAS AT 1134:50. WHEN HE WAS CLRD TO DSCND TO FL 24O AT 1139, NO RADIO REPLY WAS RCVD. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE PLT DSCNDD & MADE AN APCH TO RWY 14 AT THE SHREVEPORT RGNL ARPT. TOWER PSNL RPRTD THAT AFTER FLYING BY THE TOWER OR MAKING A MISSED APCH, RADAR CONTACT WITH THE ACFT WAS LOST. SUBSEQUENTLY, IT HIT TREES & CRASHED AFTER BEING AIRBORNE ABOUT 1.8 HRS. IT HAD BEGUN THE FLT WITH AN ESTIMATED 1.5 HRS OF FUEL ON BOARD. NO FUEL WAS FOUND TRAPPED IN THE LINES OR FILTER & NO EVIDENCE OF A FUEL SPILL WAS FOUND, THOUGH THE ACFT WAS EXTENSIVELY DMGD. CAUSE: IMPROPER PLANNING/DECISION BY THE PILOT AND HIS DELAY IN DIVERTING TO AN ALTERNATE AIRPORT, WHICH RESULTED IN FUEL EXHAUSTION DUE TO LACK OF FUEL. THE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND RADIO MALFUNCTION WERE RELATED FACTORS.

Note: Gnat G-BVPP (the former RAF Gnat XP535) wears the fake serial "XR993" and is still airworthy in the UK. The "real" XR993 became ground instructional airframe 8878M, then A2677 with the School of Aircraft Handling at RNAS Culdrose, then was sold to the USA as N3XR, and finally crashed as described above on January 10 1991. US Registration N3XR cancelled March 19 19991

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: FTW91FA028 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001212X16313&key=1&queryId=e9ec61b9-40e8-4217-ac03-2dfbd78e86ad&pgsize=50
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=N3XR
3. http://www.ukserials.com/prodlists.php?type=501


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
23-Jun-2013 03:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Aug-2016 21:20 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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