Friday, May 31, 2019

Fuel Exhaustion: Pipistrel Alpha Trainer, N40EN; accident occurred May 29, 2019 near Salida Airport at Harriet Alexander Field (KANK), Chaffee County, Colorado

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado


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

https://registry.faa.gov/N40EN

Location: Salida, CO
Accident Number: GAA19CA295
Date & Time: 05/29/2019, 2045 MDT
Registration:N40EN 
Aircraft: Pipistrel ALPHA TRAINER
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries:1 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, after fueling the airplane, he did not realize that he did not replace the fuel cap. During takeoff, the fuel gauge showed that the airplane had 74% of fuel (fuel gauge indicates in percent). About 5 nm from the destination airport, the fuel gauge showed that the airplane had 10% of fuel left. He flew the airplane in a straight line to the end of the runway and reduced the engine throttle setting to idle, which set up a lower glide path than normal. When the airplane reached the field west of the runway, the airplane "ran out of fuel." The airplane touched down on the field and impacted a barb wire fence during the landing roll.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector examined the wreckage and reported that less than half a gallon of fuel was recovered from the fuel tank.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward fuselage.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age:64, Male 
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied:Left 
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s):None 
Second Pilot Present:No 
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/13/2018
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 266 hours (Total, all aircraft), 166 hours (Total, this make and model), 266 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 41 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 41 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pipistrel
Registration: N40EN
Model/Series: ALPHA TRAINER No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 683 AT 912 LSA
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/10/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1212 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 211 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912 UL2
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 80 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: 0V2, 7487 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site: 77°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Gallup, NM (GUP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Salida, CO (ANK)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0615 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Salida Arpt Harriett Alexander (ANK)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 7523 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 06
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7351 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

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: 38.530000, -106.066667 (est)



A Lakewood man crash landed a Pipistrel Alpha Trainer light sport aircraft in an open alfalfa field southwest of Salida Airport at Harriet Alexander Field off CR 140 sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Lelon Albert Lewis, 64, walked away from the accident and spent the night in a local hotel. He had no passengers.

Read more here ➤ http://www.themountainmail.com

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