Sunday, February 10, 2019

Fuel Exhaustion: Titan Tornado 912, N912R; accident occurred October 07, 2018 near Corry-Lawrence Airport (8G2), Erie County, Pennsylvania

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Corry, PA
Accident Number: GAA19CA015
Date & Time: 10/07/2018, 1840 EDT
Registration: N912R
Aircraft: Titan TITAN TORNADO 912
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that he departed with 14 gallons of fuel onboard the airplane. He added that he diverted to an airport 15 miles away from the destination airport due to ground fog, and while en route, about 2 hours 25 minutes after departure, the engine "died from lack of gas." Subsequently, he landed the airplane in a field.

The pilot further reported that he estimated that the fuel tank had "maybe an 1/8 cup" and that a "tablespoon may be more accurate."

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, 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.

Probable Cause and Findings

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


Fuel - Fluid level (Cause)

Personnel issues
Use of equip/system - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

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

Off-field or emergency landing

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 30, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 97.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 62 hours (Total, this make and model), 53 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Titan
Registration: N912R
Model/Series: TITAN TORNADO 912 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: D00912SOHK0382
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/02/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 360.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 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: KJHW, 1723 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2256 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 50°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 300 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2700 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.28 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bethel, PA (8N1)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Sherman, NY (D88)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1615 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  41.907500, -79.641111 (est)

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