AVweb General Aviation Incident Notification From the pages of our sister publication, aviation safety Magazine. All reports listed here are preliminary and contain only preliminary fact-finding findings about the accident. You can learn more about final possible causes on the NTSB’s website at www.ntsb.gov. Final reports emerged about a year after the accident, although some took longer.learn more about aviation safety At www.aviationsafetymagazine.com.
Orlando, Florida, September 1, 2022.
Diamond Aircraft DA42 NG Double Star
At about 1700 ET, the plane flipped and came to a stop in high winds, badly damaged. The private pilot was seriously injured and the flight instructor was seriously injured. Instrument conditions prevailed as the scheduled instructional flight awaited better weather on the taxiway.
The flight instructor reported that he and his students identified a small area of precipitation near their departure airport after takeoff. By the time they finished their preflight checks, the weather had deteriorated, with winds hitting 40 knots and visibility dropping to zero. Shortly thereafter, the wind gust increased to approximately 60 knots and the aircraft’s left wing lifted and rolled to the right. Structural damage to both wings, fuselage and empennage was noted.
September 1, 2022 Tomball, Texas
Cirrus Aircraft SR22
The plane was badly damaged in an accident near Tomball, Texas around 1707 Central Time. The flight instructor was seriously injured; the pilot and passenger were seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed.
Three days ago, the pilot took delivery of his new Cirrus SR22 from the factory. Approaching the destination after two legs, the flight was cleared for a visual approach to runway 17R. After the final turn, the pilot observed the approach path indicator, which depicted the aircraft on the correct descent path to the runway. As the plane continued toward the runway, the airspeed began to drop, and the pilot was unsuccessful in increasing the throttle. Shortly after the pilot stepped up the throttle, the flight instructor said “my plane” or “I’ve got control”.
After the flight instructor took control of the aircraft, the aircraft descended below the glideslope and struck trees before coming to a stop approximately 0.68 miles north of the 17R threshold. The fuel selector handle is in the left tank, and there was a strong smell of 100LL fuel at the accident scene; neither tank had any measurable fuel levels. However, ample fuel was available in both tanks at the time of impact, according to instrumentation.
The inlet fuel connection to the electric booster pump was found to be detached. Blue fuel staining was observed on the inner and outer surfaces of the inlet fuel fitting. The connectors and fuel lines are being tested to determine whether the connectors separated in flight or on impact. No other abnormalities were found.
Shafter, CA, September 2, 2022.
At approximately 1100 PT, the aircraft was destroyed when it collided with terrain after apparently losing engine power. The solo pilot was mortally wounded. Visual conditions prevailed.
A witness reported that the pilot left runway 30 and entered a left turn, intending to circle the airport. Shortly after, the pilot radioed his ground crew that he had a low oil pressure indication. Witnesses then heard two pops from the plane, followed by the sound of the engine losing power. As the aircraft turned around the final of runway 12, it entered a nose-low, steep left bank attitude and descended rapidly into the terrain.
September 3, 2022 Wadsworth, Ohio
Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee 140
The plane was badly damaged around 1409 ET when it landed hard after losing all power during a touchdown. The private pilot and passengers were not injured.
Local flights take off with 36 gallons of fuel in both tanks. The pilot performed two full-stop landings, then switched the fuel selector to the left tank. She then flew about 10 minutes to a nearby airport for a touchdown. During the initial climb, at about 50 feet AGL, the engine lost all power. The aircraft slowed down and landed hard, stopping on the right edge of the runway. The left main landing gear separated and the wings were damaged.
Seeley Lake, Monday, September 3, 2022.
At approximately 1500 MMT, the aircraft lost engine power and was severely damaged after passing a wildlife check on the low runway. The pilot and passengers were seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed.
The pilot reported that after refueling the aircraft, he took off at 733 nautical miles with a cruising altitude between 10,500 and 12,500 feet MSL and a burn rate between 9.5 and 10 gph. During the descent, he enriched the mixture and heated up the carburetor. Pilots perform low approaches at medium power to check the runway for wildlife. As he started to climb and turned into a left wind, the engine lost all power. The pilot began to ditch into a nearby clearing, but the plane hit a tree and came to a nose-down stop.
This article was originally published in the December 2022 issue aviation safety Magazine.
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