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Last updated: 18 October 2021
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 3 August 1972
Time:09:23
Type:Silhouette image of generic L37 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Howard Super Ventura
Operator:Beta Leasing Inc.
Registration: N446DD
MSN: 5696
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Austin-Robert Mueller Municipal, TX (AUS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Laredo International Airport, TX (LRD/KLRD), United States of America
Destination airport:Dallas (unknown airport), TX, United States of America
Narrative:
En route to Dallas, Texas, USA, one of the engines began losing power as a result of oil exhaustion. The pilot decided to divert to Austin Airport.
The approach was not properly executed and the aircraft eventually ran off the wet runway.
The reason for the oil exhaustion was not found. The aircraft had received an annual inspection the day before.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
miscellaneous acts,conditions - oil exhaustion-engine lubrication system
pilot in command - improper IFR operation
pilot in command - failed to initiate go-around
FACTOR(S)
pilot in command - lack of familiarity with aircraft
airports/airways/facilities - airport conditions: wet runway
weather - rain
miscellaneous acts,conditions - poorly planned approach
miscellaneous acts,conditions - not aligned with runway/intended landing area
miscellaneous acts,conditions - hydroplaning on wet runway

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» NTSB


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