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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 238562
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C77R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 177RG Cardinal RG
Registration: N1813Q
MSN: 177RG0213
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Bo. Playta, Salinas, PR -   Puerto Rico
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Ponce-Mercedita Airport (PSE/TJPS)
Destination airport:Ceiba-Josť Aponte de la Torre Airport (NRR/TJRV)
The private pilot and the flight instructor were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The pilot, who was the owner of the airplane, stated that he performed a thorough preflight inspection
and an engine run-up before departure with no fuel contamination noted and no discrepancies with the
run-up reported. The flight departed from Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport, San Juan, Puerto
Rico, about 0852 with full fuel tanks and flew west, where according to ADS-B data when near Dorado,
he briefly performed airwork, then proceeded to Mercedita Airport (TJPS), Ponce, Puerto Rico. There he
performed 1 touch-and-go landing followed by 2 full-stop taxi back landings.

After takeoff from TJPS while en route to Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport, Ceiba, Puerto Rico, the flight climbed to about 1,100 ft mean sea level. While flying at that altitude, and at a speed between 120 and 130 miles-per-hour in an easterly direction, he "felt this very mild, very mild vibration" followed by a, "very smooth gradual loss
of engine power." He informed the flight instructor of the loss of engine power and turned on the
auxiliary fuel pump but that did not restore engine power. The on-board engine analyzer indicated that
the engine was shock cooling with corresponding decrease of exhaust gas temperature (EGT) and
cylinder head temperature (CHT) readings. He noted an open area to his left and informed the flight
instructor of the impending forced landing. He landed in the intended area with the landing gear and
flaps full down, and during the landing roll he retracted the flaps. When the airplane was nearly stopped,
it nosed over.

Following the accident, the airplane was uprighted and by calculation about 21 gallons of fuel were
drained from the left wing fuel tank while only a residual amount of fuel was drained from the right fuel
tank. Slight water contamination was noted at the servo fuel injector inlet screen, which was nearly
completely blocked on the interior with ferrous material. A slight amount of water was also found in
both wing fuel tanks, the airframe fuel strainer and the fuel drain located in the area of the pilot's seat.
Disassembly inspection of the engine-driven fuel pump revealed significant corrosion of the internal
steel valves. The airplane was recovered for further examination of the fuel system.




Photo of N1813Q courtesy

Winnipeg - James Armstrong Richardson International (CYWG / YWG)
13 December 1971; (c) Tim Martin

Revision history:

24-Jul-2020 17:05 blueshore Added
24-Jul-2020 17:06 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
24-Jul-2020 17:08 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Damage, Narrative]
27-Jun-2021 07:56 aaronwk Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]

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