Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Loss of Engine Power (Total): Osprey II, N822GC; accident occurred March 15, 2019 in Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Independence, Iowa 
Accident Number: GAA19CA173
Date & Time: March 15, 2019, 17:30 Local
Registration: N822GC
Aircraft: Pereira Osprey
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total) 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that the airplane encountered a significant headwind during the flight and that the engine burned more fuel than he had planned. The fuel was exhausted, which resulted in a loss of all engine power. The pilot subsequently conducted a forced landing, during which the right wing struck the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures 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 fuel planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and a total loss of engine power.


Personnel issues Fuel planning - Pilot
Aircraft Fuel - Fluid level

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering Other weather encounter
Maneuvering Fuel exhaustion
Maneuvering Loss of engine power (total) (Defining event)
Landing Off-field or emergency landing
Landing Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Flight instructor 
Age: 66, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: February 11, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: March 4, 2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 1470 hours (Total, all aircraft), 4 hours (Total, this make and model), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pereira 
Registration: N822GC
Model/Series: Osprey II 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special)
Serial Number: 101
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle; Amphibian; Hull 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: February 1, 2019 Condition 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1585 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 60 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 150 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KIIB, 978 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 17:35 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 182°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 25 knots / 32 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 315° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 28.79 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Milwaukee, WI (MWC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Milwaukee, WI (MWC)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 13:45 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Independence Muni IIB 
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 979 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5500 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.456943,-91.947776(est)


  1. Patched up s/n 101 and was seen flying in 2020:

  2. Thankfully all are ok..but these type of "Mishaps" are very preventable!