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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 211643
Last updated: 23 May 2019
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Date:29-MAY-2018
Time:21:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-46-310P Malibu
Owner/operator:1st Avenue Malibu Services LLC
Registration: N148ME
C/n / msn: 46-8608009
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:SW of Ernest A Love Field Airport (KPRC), Prescott, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA (SNA/KSNA)
Destination airport:Prescott Regional Airport, AZ (PRC/KPRC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
According to the pilot, about 15 minutes before reaching the destination airport during descent, the engine lost power. The pilot switched fuel tanks, and the engine power was momentarily restored, but the engine stopped producing power even though he thought it “was still running all the way to impact.” The pilot conducted a forced landed on a highway at night, and the right wing struck an object and separated from the airplane. The airplane came to rest inverted.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector (ASI) that performed the postaccident airplane examination, the fuel lines to the fuel manifold were dry, and the fuel manifold valves were dry. He reported that the fuel strainer, the diaphragm, and the fuel filter in the duel manifold were unremarkable. Fuel was found in the gascolator.
The FAA ASI reported that, during his interview with the pilot, “the pilot changed his story from fuel exhaustion, to fuel contamination.” The inspector reported that there were no signs of fuel contamination during the examination of the fuel system.
According to the fixed-base operator (FBO) at the departure airport, the pilot requested 20 gallons of fuel. He then canceled his fuel request and walked out of the FBO.



Probable Cause: The pilot’s improper fuel planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and the subsequent total loss of engine power.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20180530X05641&key=1
FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=148ME

https://www.google.com/maps/@?dg=dbrw&newdg=1/1500+Iron+Springs+Rd,+Prescott,+AZ+86305/@34.5678878,-112.4944744,19z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x872d2ec18026503b:0xf1805af26de2be04?hl=en-us&gl=us

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 9 months
Download report: Final report


Images:


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-May-2018 08:36 gerard57 Added
30-May-2018 08:41 gerard57 Updated [Registration, Source]
30-May-2018 09:48 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
30-May-2018 09:51 harro Updated [Cn, Destination airport, Narrative]
30-May-2018 11:50 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code]
30-May-2018 14:40 Geno Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage]
30-May-2018 18:54 Anon. Updated [Damage]
04-Feb-2019 14:23 Iceman 29 Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Mar-2019 20:31 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]
22-Mar-2019 20:44 harro Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Photo]

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