Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Fuel Related: Jabiru J250-SP, N619J; accident occurred June 01, 2020 in Gulf of Mexico

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Accident Number: ERA20CA201
Date & Time: 06/01/2020, 1053 EDT
Registration: N619J
Aircraft: JABIRU J250-SP
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel related
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that he was conducting a cross country flight and departed the airport with slightly less than 36 gallons of fuel on board. About 1.5 hours into the flight, he noticed that the fuel tank quantities were dropping rapidly. The engine subsequently lost all power, and he set up for a ditching in the Gulf of Mexico. After ditching, the pilot and passenger were picked up by a U.S. Navy helicopter and transported to a local hospital for observation. The airplane eventually sank and was not recovered. The pilot also reported that the engine consumed about 5.5 to 6 gallons of fuel per hour and he suspected a breach of the fuel system prior to the loss of engine power. The airplane was configured with two wing tanks that gravity fed to a header tank; both tanks fed simultaneously utilizing an "On-Off" fuel selector in the cockpit.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age:66, 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
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/15/2020
Flight Time:  2000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 300 hours (Total, this make and model), 1355 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: JABIRU
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:2007 
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 457
Landing Gear Type:Tricycle 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/15/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 13 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 290 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Jabiru
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series:3300A 
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 120 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: EYW, 3 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:22 Nautical Miles 
Observation Time: 1053 EDT
Direction from Accident Site:180° 
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:120° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Crystal River, FL (CGC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Key West, FL (EYW)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time:0823 EDT 
Type of Airspace: Class E

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: 26.015000, -82.112500 (est)

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