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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139526
Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic E300 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Extra EA-300S
Registration: N80LA
MSN: 024
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Near Santarém -   Portugal
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:LPHR
Destination airport:LPSR
The Extra 300S N80LA took part in an air show during a a religious festivity in homage to “Our Lady of Loreto”, patroness of all aviators, in the village of Alcafozes, Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal.
Light aircraft elected to station at the nearest aerodrome, Castelo Branco, departing from there for the display.
Before departure from Castelo Branco, the aircraft was refuelled by another pilot, who filled up ACRO/CENTRAL tank but added nothing to wing tanks.
The aircraft took-off at 11:40 for a trip of ten minutes time to Alcafozes, where it had to hold for another five minutes, prior to its display of eight minutes, after which it headed to Santarém.
The pilot declared that, on the way to Santarém, he decided to simulate an engine failure approach to an unprepared field and, when passing 500ft, he tried to recover and proceed to destination, but the engine didn’t react to power demand. Having a partial engine power loss, the pilot managed to make an emergency landing on a small river island, just the aiming point of his intended simulated engine failure approach. After landing, the aircraft slid for 27m, approximately, and rested on its belly, with main gear detached.

Primary cause for the emergency landing was engine failure, probably due to fuel starvation.
The following were considered as Contributory factors:
1st. The fact that the pilot had to hold for five minutes, prior to start his aerobatic performance, burning more fuel than expected;
2nd. Pilot fuel miscalculation and management, without minimum reserve fuel for the course to be flown or for other contingencies and for not making use of available aerodromes, enroute, for emergency landing and/or refuelling.


Other occurrences involving this aircraft

11 Oct 2006 D-ETZE Private 1 Castrocielo (FR) w/o


Photo of N80LA courtesy

Silverstone - Heliport (EGBV)
25 August 2009; (c) Tom Cole

Revision history:

27-Oct-2011 05:42 harro Added
23-Oct-2014 16:54 Alpine Flight Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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