ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174049
Last updated: 19 November 2020
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Type:Silhouette image of generic PA46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage
Registration: C-GVZW
C/n / msn: 4636281
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:SW of Felts Field Airport (KSFF), Spokane, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Felts Field (KSFF)
Destination airport:Stockton Metro (KSCK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was conducting a cross-country flight from Canada to California and had landed to clear customs into the United States and to refuel his airplane. The pilot then departed to continue the flight. During the initial climb after takeoff, the engine experienced a total loss of power, and the pilot attempted to make an off-airport forced landing. The right wing struck railroad tracks at the top of a hill, and the airplane continued down an embankment, where it came to rest adjacent to the bottom of a railroad bridge.
Postaccident interviews revealed that, when requesting fuel from the fixed-base operator (FBO), the pilot did not specify a grade of fuel to be used to service the airplane. The refueler mistakenly identified the airplane as requiring Jet A fuel, even though the fuel filler ports were placarded ďAVGAS (aviation gasoline) ONLY.Ē The fueler subsequently fueled the airplane with Jet A instead of aviation gasoline. Additionally, the fueling nozzle installed on the fuel truck at the time of the refueling was not the proper type of nozzle. Jet A and AvGas fueling nozzles are different designs in order to prevent fueling an airplane with the wrong type of fuel.
Following the fueling, the pilot returned to the FBO and signed a receipt, which indicated that the airplane had been serviced with Jet A. There were no witnesses to the pilotís preflight activities, and it is unknown if the pilot visually inspected or obtained a fuel sample before takeoff; however, had the pilot done this, it would have been apparent that the airplane had been improperly fueled.

Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power due to the refuelerís incorrect refueling of the airplane. Contributing to the accident was the fixed-base operatorís improper fueling nozzle, which facilitated the use of an incorrect fuel, and the pilotís inadequate preflight inspection.



Revision history:

23-Feb-2015 03:54 Geno Added
23-Feb-2015 03:59 Geno Updated [Source]
25-Feb-2015 07:12 Anon. Updated [Total fatalities, Embed code]
25-Feb-2015 07:12 harro Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
27-Feb-2015 06:53 bovine Updated [Source, Narrative]
04-Oct-2015 17:24 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Sep-2017 19:56 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description