Friday, November 06, 2020

Ryan Navion A, N4856K: Accident occurred November 05, 2020 at Fremont Municipal Airport (KFFX), Newaygo County, Michigan

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Location: Fremont, MI
Accident Number: CEN21LA046
Date & Time: November 5, 2020, 14:30 Local
Registration: N4856K
Aircraft: Navion A 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Navion
Registration: N4856K
Model/Series: A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFFX,831 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / 15 knots, 220°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fremont, MI
Destination: Fremont, MI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.435343,-85.99581 (est)


  1. Don't blame the engine! Summary should read:"Aircraft landed hard after pilot ran the plane out of fuel."

    1. Navions have a history of fuel selector and other fuel system component problems. Note the wording, "...engine failed due to lack of fuel." That doesn't mean the tanks were empty.

      It would benefit everyone if you didn't ascribe fault to the pilot without first knowing all of the pertinent facts.

  2. The PILOT FAILED, not the engine.

  3. Ryan Navion
    Fuel consumption (gph):
    70% power: 12.0
    60% power: 10.6
    51% power: 8.0
    Estimated endurance (65% power w/1 hr reserve) (hrs): 4 hrs. 48 mins.

  4. Or maybe a good pilot with a fuel line that broke..hmmm

  5. >Or maybe a good pilot with a fuel line that broke..hmmm

    Possible, but very doubtful.... Statistically speaking, it is MUCH more likely that this was a pilot-error incident than a mechanical. Statistical probability isn't a guarantee, but....


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