Monday, September 19, 2016

Champion 7GC, N4831E: Accident occurred September 03, 2016 in Palmer, Alaska

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA486
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 03, 2016 in Palmer, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/04/2017
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7GC, registration: N4831E
Injuries: 2 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 of the single-engine airplane, shortly after takeoff and about 500 ft above ground level, the engine lost power. He reported that he attempted to restart the engine but was unsuccessful. The pilot made a forced landing in a hay field; the airplane landed hard and struck a telephone pole. 

The pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) that he did not preflight the airplane or check the fuel level before departure and that there should have been fuel in the tanks from the last flight in June 2016, 3 months before the accident. 

The pilot reported to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Investigator-In-Charge (IIC) who received the initial notification that “he ran the airplane out of gas.” He further reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the airframe or engine that would have prevented normal operation.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. 

The NTSB IIC attempted to contact the pilot on multiple occasions but was informed by the FAA ASI that the pilot was out of the country for the winter.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s inadequate preflight inspection and failure to assess the airplane’s fuel quantity before departure, which resulted in fuel exhaustion.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration; Anchorage, Alaska 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N4831E

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA486
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 03, 2016 in Palmer, AK
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7GC, registration: N4831E
Injuries: 2 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 of the single engine airplane, shortly after takeoff and about 500 feet above ground level the engine lost power. He reported that he attempted to restart the engine but was unsuccessful. The pilot made a forced landing in a hay field; the airplane landed hard and struck a telephone pole.

The pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) that he did not preflight the airplane or check the fuel level before departure, and that there should have been fuel in the tanks from the last flight in June 2016, three months prior. 

The pilot reported to the NTSB Investigator who received the initial notification that, "he ran the airplane out of gas." He further reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the airframe or engine that would have prevented normal flight operations.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. 

The National Transportation Safety Board Investigator-in-charge attempted to contact the pilot on multiple occasions, but was informed by the FAA Inspector that the pilot was out of the country for the winter.

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