Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Cirrus SR20, Copy Right Express LLC, N204AK: Accident occurred August 22, 2016 at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (KSSI), Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Copy Right Express LLC:

FAA Flight Standards District Office:   FAA Atlanta FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA497
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 22, 2016 in Brunswick, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2017
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR20, registration: N204AK
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.

The pilot reported that after takeoff, and about 150 feet above the runway, the engine had a total loss of power. He further reported that a clear liquid sprayed from the upper cowling onto the windscreen. He aborted the takeoff, landed on the runway remaining, but was unable to stop prior to the end of the runway. The airplane skidded off the runway and impacted the airport perimeter fence, which resulted in substantial damage to both wings. 

During a postaccident examination, the cowling was removed, the electric fuel pump was actuated, and fuel was observed leaking from the fuel input line fitting at the fuel flow divider. After further examination, it was revealed that the torque strip had been disturbed and the fuel line B-nut was found to be loose. After the B-nut was tightened, no fuel leaks were observed. 

A review of the airplane’s engine maintenance log revealed that no recent maintenance had been performed involving the fuel pump, fuel flow divider, or associated fuel lines.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The total loss of engine power during takeoff due to a loose B-nut on the fuel flow divider input fuel line fitting, which resulted in a fuel leak and fuel starvation.

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