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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21736
Last updated: 10 April 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic quad model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Quad City Challenger II
Registration: N2785A
C/n / msn: CH 21293-1067
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Winslow Township, NJ -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Lumberton, NJ (N14)
Destination airport:Lumberton, NJ (N14)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot incorrectly calculated the fuel consumption for the planned flight to be 3.3 gallons per hour (gph), instead of 5.4 gph as referenced in the operator's manual. After takeoff with a full 10-gallon fuel tank, the pilot flew for approximately 1 hour then turned to return. At that time the fuel gauge showed "1/2" tank. During the return leg, the pilot noticed the fuel quantity gauge was indicating approximately "1/4" tank. He diverted towards a nearby airport, but the engine experienced a total loss of engine power. While descending for the forced landing, the airplane collided with a tree. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the fuel tank remained intact and was absent of fuel.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inaccurate fuel consumption calculations which led to fuel exhaustion and subsequent loss of engine power.




Revision history:

14-Jul-2008 23:18 Fusko Added
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 11:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category]

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