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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65419
Last updated: 10 January 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic VAMP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire Mk 3
Owner/operator:Wings of Flight
Registration: N6878D
C/n / msn: 17072
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Greater Rochester International Airport (KROC), NY -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Rochester, NY (ROC)
Destination airport:Batavia, NY (GVQ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
While en-route to his destination, as the airplane climbed through 3,500 feet, the pilot heard a noise coming from the engine and initiated a return to his departure airport. The noise "got louder," and the pilot felt the airplane vibrate during the return. While on final approach for the runway, the engine lost total power. The pilot then retracted the landing gear and prepared for a forced landing to the grass adjacent to the runway. During the landing, the airplane struck a berm, substantially damaging the fuselage. Examination of the engine revealed the oil quantity in the oil sump was less than 2 tablespoons, and no oil was observed in the surrounding area of the engine compartment. The rear bearing in the "hot section" of the turbojet engine exhibited significant scoring, metal fatigue, and erosion. The bearing was completely fused and unable to be rotated.
Probable Cause: A loss of engine power due to oil starvation.


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Revision history:

07-Jun-2009 06:14 slowkid Added
17-Jun-2009 10:17 CALMD80FO Updated
07-Jul-2009 06:23 RobertMB Updated
04-Mar-2013 08:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Nature, Source]
28-Oct-2013 17:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
25-Apr-2017 23:18 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Location]
02-Dec-2017 15:36 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Jan-2020 21:00 stehlik49 Updated [Source, Operator]

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