Friday, October 11, 2019

Fuel Starvation: Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, N8078X; accident occurred October 10, 2019 near Dayton Wright Brothers Airport (KMGY), Montgomery County, Ohio

View of damage to the left wing. 
Federal Aviation Administration 


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

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/N8078X

Location: Dayton, OH
Accident Number: GAA20CA017
Date & Time: 10/10/2019, 1600 EDT
Registration: N8078X
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel starvation
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

According to the instrument rated private pilot, she was working toward a commercial certificate, conducting an instrument cross-country flight in VFR conditions with a safety pilot. During the final approach the airplane's altitude was low and she added power by moving the throttle but "nothing happened."

The safety pilot in the right seat took the controls and made a forced landing on a highway. During the landing the airplane struck a vehicle.

The private pilot and the safety pilot reported that they were not sure why the engine lost power.

The private pilot reported that the accident flight was the second and return leg of the IFR cross-country flight.

Additionally, the private pilot reported that the airplane had been "topped off" prior to the flight, which was about 181 nautical miles to their destination. During preflight for the return leg, she affirmed that she visually checked the fuel quantity in each tank and, "it was at the tabs". She completed a fuel sample and they departed for the return flight.

According to the FAA Inspector that performed the post-accident airplane examination, during the examination, he observed that the fuel tank selector was set to the left tank. The fuel pump and carburetor float bowl had less than an ounce of fuel in each. The left wing tank did not contain any usable fuel and there was no sign of fuel on the ground post impact. The right tank contained about 12 gallons of fuel.

According to the manufacturer's pilot operator handbook, per Chapter 3, the first step of the Engine Power Loss In Flight emergency procedure state:

Fuel Selector…………………switch to tank containing fuel

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing spar. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 27, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/14/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/05/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 158 hours (Total, all aircraft), 158 hours (Total, this make and model), 69 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 33 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 14 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 26, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/01/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8078X
Model/Series: PA28 181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:Normal 
Serial Number: 28-8090075
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: O-360
Registered Owner: Aviation Sales Inc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Aviation Sales Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMGY, 962 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2153 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 349°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 160°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Coldwater, MI (OBE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Dayton, OH (MGY)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 1430 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Dayton-Wright Brothers (MGY)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 956 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 20
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.588889, -84.224722 (est)



WASHINGTON TWP. — Two pilots involved in small plane crash on Spring Valley Pike in Washington Twp. Thursday afternoon have been identified.

Alexandra Robau, of Beavercreek, was the private pilot initially in command and Corinne Barnes, of Miamisburg, was the commercially licensed pilot who took over controls, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Sinclair Community College confirmed that both pilots are involved in its pilot program.

Both are students and one is also an adjunct flight instructor.

“This flight was not a Sinclair training flight, was not connected with our program, and the plane used is not Sinclair equipment,” said Deena John, a spokesperson for the college

The Piper PA-28-181 Archer II was heading to Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport when it crashed after experiencing engine issues.

The plane hit a BMW at the intersection during the crash.

The pilot was attempting to land in a nearby cornfield, but the plane was too low to make it over high tension wires.

Both pilots were seen walking around after the crash, but were taken to a local hospital. Their injuries were not believed to be serious, according to OSHP.

The Federal Aviation Administration website shows that the Piper PA-28-181 Archer II that crashed was registered Wednesday, and that the certificate was issued to GC Aviation Services-1 LLC, 10600 Springboro Pike in Miamisburg.

The company has 13 other small planes, all of which were registered Wednesday and nine that were flown Thursday, FAA records show. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.journal-news.com




WASHINGTON TWP., MONTGOMERY COUNTY —  A small plane crashed onto Spring Valley Pike at Yankee Street Thursday afternoon and slammed into a BMW at the busy residential intersection. 

The Piper PA-28-181 Archer II left the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in the morning for Michigan and was headed back to the Miami Twp. airport with two pilots aboard — one with a commercial pilot license and a second with a private pilot license — when the aircraft around 4 p.m. experienced engine trouble, Sgt. Jeff Kramer of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Dayton Post said.

The private pilot was flying the plane when the engine issues began, and then the commercial pilot took control, Kramer said. 

The pilot was aiming to land in a nearby cornfield, but the plane was too low to make it over high tension wires so they touched down on West Spring Valley Pike and struck the car at the Yankee Street intersection in Washington Twp. about two miles from the airport. 

Both pilots — a Beavercreek woman and a Springboro woman — were taken to a local hospital and were still there Thursday evening. Their injuries were not believed to be serious, Kramer said.

News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy spoke to the BMW driver, who said he did not want his name released just yet because he hadn’t been able to reach his wife. He said he is OK but “a little wound up.” He detailed what happened around 4 p.m. while he was returning home from running errands. 

“I was just driving down Yankee, north on Yankee going toward Spring Valley and I got almost in the intersection or slightly in the intersection and out of the corner of my eye I saw a plane coming at me from Spring Valley, from the west of Spring Valley,” he said. “I didn’t have much of a chance to react or get out of the way and the next thing I knew the thing hit me, hit the rear of the car and spun me around.” 

He said he had to process that it really was a small plane that hit him. 

“I sat there a few minutes after I got hit, and thinking ‘OK toes move, feet move, arms move, legs move, seem to be OK.’” 

Witnesses and the pilot were among people who came up to his car to check on him, he said. 

The plane had to be low at the point of impact because it did not hit the light, he said. 

He said he thinks he is OK, but “a little shook up. Not everyday you get hit by a plane.”

A second car was just inches from striking the aircraft’s right wing, and it was remarkable that there were no serious injuries or more vehicles involved in the crash, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Haines said. 

Federal Aviation Administration investigators said they are on the way and released a statement Thursday evening that the agency did not yet have information on the origin of the flight of the plane that “crashed under unknown circumstances into a vehicle while on approach to land at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport located in Montgomery County south of Dayton.” 

The Federal Aviation Administration website shows that the 1979 Piper aircraft that crashed was registered Wednesday, and that the certificate was issued to GC Aviation Services-1 LLC, 10600 Springboro Pike in Miamisburg. The company has 13 other small planes, all of which were registered Wednesday and nine that were flown Thursday, Federal Aviation Administration records show.

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

1 comment:

  1. I was one of the witnesses. I was on the bus on the way home when I saw a plane coming down and I thought it was my imagination. Snc it wasn't when it hit the ground. It was frightening.

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