Friday, November 09, 2018

Fuel Exhaustion: Cessna T337G Turbo Super Skymaster, N1ZR, accident occurred November 08, 2018 in Homosassa, Citrus County, Florida


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N1ZR

Pilot Tim Nubert, left, speaks with Citrus County Sheriff's Office personnel on November 8th, 2018 following his safe return from where he had to ditch his Cessna T337G Turbo Super Skymaster. He reported he ran out of fuel before putting the plane down in a swampy area off Mason Creek. 

Location: Homosassa, FL
Accident Number: GAA19CA070
Date & Time: 11/08/2018, 1000 EST
Registration: N1ZR
Aircraft: Cessna T337
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, 2 days before the accident flight, the multiengine airplane's fuel tanks were filled (150 gallons). During the taxi to the runway, the right main tire blew. During recovery, the right side of the airplane was placed on a dolly to support the gear so that the airplane could be towed. The pilot reported that, due to the airplane’s fuel system design, when one side of the airplane was raised, all the fuel could be transferred to the opposite tank, which then forced the fuel to be released out of the air vent line.

On the day of the accident, the pilot completed his preflight inspection and visually confirmed the fuel quantity by checking both fuel gauges, which were "green"; however, he did not verify the fuel onboard by checking the tanks. About 3 hours into the flight, the rear engine lost power. Before the pilot attempted to restart the rear engine and after he verified the correct engine to feather, the front engine also lost power. When the pilot realized the airplane would be unable to reach the nearest airport, he landed it in a grass marsh with the landing gear retracted. During the landing, the airplane’s wing hit grass and then veered right about 90°, which caused the left wing to dip and impact terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left aileron and empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

During his preflight inspection, the pilot should have verified the fuel quantity in the fuel tanks to ensure there was sufficient fuel onboard for the flight, and his failure to do so led to fuel exhaustion and the subsequent total loss of power in both engines. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and the subsequent total loss of power in both engines.

Findings

Aircraft
Fuel - Fluid level (Cause)

Personnel issues
Fuel planning - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Prior to flight
Aircraft servicing event

Enroute
Fuel exhaustion (Defining event)
Loss of engine power (total)

Landing
Off-field or emergency landing
Landing gear not configured
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/08/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/11/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1293 hours (Total, all aircraft), 51 hours (Total, this make and model), 51 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1ZR
Model/Series: T337 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: P3370275
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/21/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4700 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1879.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91A installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520-NB16
Registered Owner: Neubert Aero Corp.
Rated Power: hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 



A Citrus County Sheriff's Office helicopter hovers over the site where a Cessna T337G Turbo Super Skymaster made an emergency landing on November 8th, 2018 near Mason Creek in Homosassa. The pilot was uninjured in the incident. He reported to law enforcement that he was out of fuel at the time of the hard landing.

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCGC, 10 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1015 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 32°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Memphis, TN (MEM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Brooksville, FL (BKV)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:  CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 28.753333, -82.647222 (est) Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N1ZR

Location: Homosassa, FL
Accident Number: GAA19CA070
Date & Time: 11/08/2018, 1000 EST
Registration: N1ZR
Aircraft: Cessna T337
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The solo, single engine rated pilot reported that, two days prior to the accident flight, the multi-engine airplane's fuel tanks were filled (123 gallons). During the taxi to the runway, the right main tire went flat. During recovery, the right main tire was placed on a dolly to move the airplane. The airplane fuel system was such that when one side of the airplane was raised, the fuel can transfer to the opposite tank which then forced fuel to be released out of the overflow vent.

The day of the accident, the pilot completed his preflight and confirmed the fuel quantity visually by checking both fuel gauges "green". While en-route, after about three-hours into the flight and about 17 miles from starting the approach to the destination airport, the rear engine lost power. Before attempting a restart, after verifying the correct engine to feather, the front engine also lost power. Unable to make the nearest airport, the pilot landed the airplane in a grass marsh with the landing gear retracted. During the landing, the airplane veered right about 90°, and the left wing impacted the terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left aileron and empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/08/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/11/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1293 hours (Total, all aircraft), 51 hours (Total, this make and model), 51 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1ZR
Model/Series: T337 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: P3370275
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/21/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4700 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1879.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91A installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520-NB16
Registered Owner: Neubert Aero Corp.
Rated Power: hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCGC, 10 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1015 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 32°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Memphis, TN (MEM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Brooksville, FL (BKV)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:  CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 28.753333, -82.647222 (est)



Pilot Tim Nubert, left, speaks with Citrus County Sheriff's Office personnel on November 8th, 2018 following his safe return from where he had to ditch his Cessna T337G Turbo Super Skymaster. He reported he ran out of fuel before putting the plane down in a swampy area off Mason Creek.
 
A Citrus County Sheriff's Office helicopter hovers over the site where a Cessna T337G Turbo Super Skymaster made an emergency landing on November 8th, 2018 near Mason Creek in Homosassa. The pilot was uninjured in the incident. He reported to law enforcement that he was out of fuel at the time of the hard landing.


When Tim Nubert realized his plane didn’t have enough fuel to get him to a Brooksville airport Thursday afternoon, the Tampa man chose his next best landing strip: Homosassa marshlands.

Nubert said he was on track to land at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport from Memphis, Tennessee, when his  Cessna T337G Turbo Super Skymaster had a “fuel issue” midair, forcing him to look down toward the soft marshes surrounding Mason Creek.

Nubert was able to ease into a controllable rate of descent and landed in the marine grasslands, he said. 

When he did, the Cessna’s front propeller dug into the earth and rotated the plane to the left before the aircraft came to rest roughly a half-mile southwest of the Mason Creek public boat ramp at the end of South Mason Creek Road.

“It was textbook,” Nubert said. “I must have used 800 feet for landing.”

Responders with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Citrus County Fire Rescue, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Nature Coast EMS’ Surface Water Rescue Team searched for and rescued Nubert, who was uninjured and refused medical treatment.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lindsay Blair said the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating what authorities are calling “an emergency landing,” and is allowing Nubert to remove his plane.

Tom Davis, with the Crystal River Airport, said there was no mayday call received by the airport prior to Nubert’s landing. Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport Manager Keven Daugherty also said his airport got no distress signal.

It took time for emergency crews to find Nubert’s plane after his plane was reported down a little after noon, and numerous rescue boats launched from the Riverhaven Marina and Mason Creek Boat Ramp to search for it.

A sheriff’s helicopter also took off to assist in the search for the downed plane, which it found and circled until boat crews reached Nubert, who was brought to the Mason Creek Boat Ramp by an FWC officer.

“It was a real soft landing,” Nubert told deputies and medics after he got ashore. “The tide worked for us.”

Sharol Lambert said she was kayaking in Mason Creek when she spotted a plane flying low and circling above her.

“He was way too close,” she said.

Lambert called the FWC Wildlife Hotline to report a dead dolphin she found nearby the Mason Creek boat ramp, and was surprised to see a quick response from FWC. She didn’t know the plane had been forced to land just moments earlier.

“I didn’t see or hear a crash,” she said.

After he was assessed by deputies and medics, Nubert took a ride to Brooksville — by land.

Original article ➤ https://www.chronicleonline.com

Lancair 320, N420GB: Incident occurred November 03, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Ran off the runway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N420GB

Date: 03-NOV-18
Time: 14:00:00Z
Regis#: N420GB
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: LANCAIR 320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ATLANTA
State: GEORGIA

Fly Jamaica Airways, Boeing 757-200, N524AT: Accident occurred November 09, 2018 in Georgetown, Guyana


Flight OJ-256: Declared an emergency shortly after takeoff, returned to airport and overran the runway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N524AT

Date: 09-NOV-18
Time: 02:00:00Z
Regis#: N524AT
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B757
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: FLY JAMAICA AIRWAYS
City: GEORGETOWN
State: GUYANA

Letters to the Editor

Disgraceful behavior by firemen

Dear Editor,

I am so disappointed having learnt about the wholesale theft by ranks of the Guyana Fire Service of personal property belonging to the crew and passengers of the crash-landed Fly Jamaica aircraft at CJIA.

What is even more appalling is the fact that firefighters who are internationally recognized as first responders, are expected to uphold humanitarian goals and practices in life threatening situations where persons’ lives are at risk or endangered due to natural or man-made disasters.

Take for example the heroic and exemplary performance of fire-fighters currently fighting raging wildfires in Northern and Southern California. There has not been a single report of looting or theft by the fire-fighters even though they are active in affluent neighborhoods where the rich and famous live and where there may be many valuables lying around.

Thus for Guyanese first responders under the guise of fire-fighters to act in such an irresponsible and disgraceful manner is to bring the noble service of fire-fighting into disrepute.

To steal from crew members and passengers at a time when they had to ‘run for their lives’ from a crashed passenger airplane is a crying shame and a grave embarrassment to our country and people.

This despicable act has brought into sharp focus once again the much debated question of trust and respect for ranks of the disciplined services.

This time, it is the Guyana Fire Service that has reignited the public confidence debate, not because of acts of heroism or magnanimity by its ranks, but because of acts by its own ranks that have damaged irreparably, the humanitarian image of the Guyana Fire Service.

By defaming their badges as a symbol of public faith and by the sullying the public’s trust in the Fire Service, the ranks involved in petty theft while aboard the crashed aircraft, abandoned the lofty ethics of the Guyana Fire Service. They should be decorated with badges of shame.

The GFS Stakeholder Consultation Forum held recently at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre to address Emergency Medical Technician services (EMT) was expected to ‘see all members within the GFS being trained in first responder skills in order to save lives in emergency cases’ however, the lectures delivered at that event, seem to have fallen on deaf ears in light of the crimes committed on the aircraft by ranks who would have attended the forum.

And Minister Ramjattan’s question;

“Are we up there for certain planes landing in difficulty? Ensuring minimum damage is done or no damage at all” though timely, appears to have signaled the possibility for ranks in the guise of first responders to commit opportunity crimes under the pretext of saving lives and protecting property. This was clearly demonstrated at the scene of the crash-landed Fly Jamaica aircraft.

The embarrassing incidents of theft perpetrated on an international aircraft by ranks of the Fire Service must have brought home to the Chief Fire Officer the need for more intense screening of applicants and rigorous, on-going training for recruits to the Guyana Fire Service.

Strict supervision of junior ranks by a senior experienced officer at all times especially in operational situations as the one involving the Fly Jamaica is of critical utmost importance.

Yours faithfully,

Clement J. Rohee


https://www.stabroeknews.com




The captain of the ill-fated Fly Jamaica Airlines jet that made an emergency landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport alleged that several personal items were stolen from the plane, police said.

Police and fire officials  said at least nine firefighters were being questioned by investigators in connection with the reported theft.

Fire Chief Marlon Gentle said the pilot reported losing cash and electronic devices. He said one of the fire fighters surrendered items and then the theft began unravelling. He said other items were found at the Timehri Fire Station. A crew member also claimed her items were stolen

Gentle said the matter has been handed over to the police and stern action would be taken against those found culpable. “This is not something that we condone or take very lightly. Those found culpable will be dealt with to the fullest extent,” he said.

Other sources also told Demerara Waves Online News that a number of crew members and passengers have also claimed items, including passports, electronic devices have been stolen.

The fire fighters were among the first responders who entered the plane after it made an emergency landing at the north-eastern end of the runway.

The pilot had reported a hydraulic failure 10 minutes after departing Cheddi Jagan International Airport and requested permission to land.

On landing, one of the right engine and landing gear broke off.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://demerarawaves.com

Beech V35A Bonanza, N7036N: Accident occurred November 05, 2018 in La Paz, Mexico



Crashed due to unknown circumstances.

Conimex Aviation Services Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N7036N

Date: 05-NOV-18
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N7036N
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: V35A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: LA PAZ
State: MEXICO

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N5730J: Incident occurred November 08, 2018 at Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO), Greensboro, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Nose gear struck a runway sign.

Lindley Field Flying School LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N5730J

Date: 08-NOV-18
Time: 20:41:00Z
Regis#: N5730J
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172N
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: GREENSBORO
State: NORTH CAROLINA

American Airlines, Airbus A321, N912UY: Incident occurred November 08, 2018 at Philadelphia International Airport (KPHL), Pennsylvania



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Struck a large bird.

American Airlines Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N912UY

Date: 09-NOV-18
Time: 00:35:00Z
Regis#: N912UY
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A321 231
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 135
City: PHILADELPHIA
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Aeronca 7DC Champion, N3213E: Incident occurred November 08, 2018 in Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Ground looped and veered into a field.

https://registry.faa.gov/N3213E

Date: 08-NOV-18
Time: 17:01:00Z
Regis#: N3213E
Aircraft Make: AERONCA
Aircraft Model: 7DC
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CARLISLE
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Piper PA-28R-200, N820JK: Incident occurred November 07, 2018 at Whiteman Airport (KWHP), Los Angeles, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California

Gear collapsed.

Air Hooker LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N820JK

Date: 07-NOV-18
Time: 23:09:00Z
Regis#: N820JK
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28R 200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LOS ANGELES
State: CALIFORNIA

Fairchild PT-19: Incident occurred November 07, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

While taxiing partially went off the taxiway and damaged a light.

Date: 07-NOV-18
Time: 17:16:00Z
Regis#:
Aircraft Make: FAIRCHILD
Aircraft Model: PT19
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: ATLANTA
State: GEORGIA

Envoy Air, Embraer ERJ-135, N836AE: Incident occurred November 06, 2018 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (KDFW), Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Envoy Air, flight 3956, Embraer ERJ-135:  Aborted takeoff due to hitting object on runway.

American Airlines Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N836AE

Date: 07-NOV-18
Time: 02:59:00Z
Regis#: N836AE
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: ERJ-135
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: ENVOY AIR (AMERICAN AIRLINES)
Flight Number: 3956
City: DALLAS
State: TEXAS