Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mooney M20C, N6762U: Accident occurred January 26, 2014 in Rutherfordton, North Carolina

Originally Posted: 2015-10-16 9:31am 

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NTSB Identification: ERA14CA104 

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Rutherfordton, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/23/2014
Aircraft: MOONEY M20C, registration: N6762U
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot, he checked the fuel gauges in the airplane before departing on a cross country flight. He stated that the left fuel gauge indicated 1/2 tank and the right fuel gauge indicated 1/4 tank. The pilot did not visually check the fuel quantity in the tanks and did not take on any additional fuel. Approximately 60 nautical miles (NM) from his destination, he switched from the left fuel tank to the right fuel tank. The engine began to "stutter" and he switched back to the left fuel tank and the engine resumed normal operation. He located the nearest airport which was 10 NM from his location and made a turn towards it. Shortly thereafter, the engine began to "stutter" again and the pilot shut the engine down and made an emergency landing in a field. During the emergency landing, the airplane collided with trees, and sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. Examination of the fuel system revealed that the fuel tanks were not breached, and the left and right fuel tanks contained less than 1 gallon of fuel in each. A review of the pilot operating handbook (POH) revealed that each fuel tank held 26 gallons of fuel, for a total of 52 gallons. The POH stated that there is 48 gallons of usable fuel, which left 4 gallons of fuel unusable. The POH also revealed that the fuel tanks should be visually checked before flight.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's inadequate pre-flight planning and in-flight monitoring of the fuel level which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.

This 1964 Mooney M20C crashed into a field in the Westminster community Sunday afternoon. The plane was a total loss but the pilot, who was alone, was not injured.

 Hudlow Fire & Rescue responded to an airplane down Sunday afternoon off U.S.64 in Westminster. The pilot escaped unharmed but the plane was a total loss. 

FOREST CITY —    An Atlanta, Ga. pilot walked away from a plane crash near the Westminster community Sunday at about 2 p.m. 

Although shaken up, first responders on the scene from Hudlow Fire & Rescue said the gentleman, who was flying alone, was not hurt.

The pilot's identity has not been released.

"He missed the field but went into a few small trees and twigs and sat right down," said Andy Walker, Hudlow firefighter, one of the first to arrive on the scene.

He was flying his 1964 Mooney M20C across Rutherford County when he ran out of fuel and the wind pushed him past the field.

According to an airport employee, the pilot was enroute to meet his father in Hickory when he realized he was out of gas and called 911 for help. The call was dispatched to nearby Hudlow Fire Department.

Pilot Russell Hyde said he arrived at the crash scene and turned off all the emergency locators on the plane.

Members of the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to interview the pilot on Monday. The plane was a total loss, said one person on the scene.

The crash is under investigation.

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. - The Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a plane that crashed in a field off of Mackey Freeman Road in Rutherford County early Sunday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the FAA said that the Mooney M20 crashed in the field off of Mackey Freeman Road, near Bostic, at 1:30 pm.

Details about the crash were limited, but Rutherford County authorities say that the pilot of the plane contacted 911 dispatchers following the crash and he was not injured. 

Local residents told our crew at the scene that the crash was about a half-mile off the road in a field on private property and the pilot was the only person in the plane at the time. 

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