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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 165433
Last updated: 22 April 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AVID model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avid Flyer Mk V
Registration: N87JL
C/n / msn: .001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Stillmeadow Country Club, Withamsville, OH -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Batavia, OH (I69)
Destination airport:French Lick, IN (FRH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that the engine experienced a sudden and total loss of power during cruise climb. He was unable to restart the engine by isolating the ignition systems and the two fuel pumps. The propeller would rotate while he engaged the starter, but the engine would not restart. Subsequently, the pilot completed a forced landing on a nearby golf course. After an uneventful touchdown on a fairway, the airplane collided with a sand bunker that preceded the green.
A postaccident examination revealed that the experimental amateur-built airplane was equipped with a converted automobile engine that had two ignition systems. The two ignition systems combined at a common distributor before terminating at the spark plugs. Although both ignition coils provided voltage while the engine crankshaft was rotated, a corresponding spark was not produced at the individual spark plugs. An examination of the distributor assembly revealed that the electrode contact had separated from the distributor rotor, which would have resulted in an immediate and total loss of engine power and prevented the engine from being restarted.

Probable Cause: The distributor failure, which resulted in a total loss of engine power during cruise climb.


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Revision history:

12-Apr-2014 22:04 Geno Added
13-Apr-2014 06:26 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code]
16-Apr-2014 04:52 Geno Updated [Source, Embed code]
17-Apr-2014 23:30 Geno Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 14:01 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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