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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 245891
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Time:13:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SVNH model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ICP Savannah S
Registration: EI-GEO
MSN: 15-08-54-0413
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Navan Airfield (EIHH) -   Ireland
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Navan Airfield (EIHH)
Destination airport:Navan Airfield (EIHH)
Investigating agency: AAIU
The Savannah S aircraft departed from Navan Airfield, Co. Meath for a local flight. Shortly after take-off, and while still over the runway, the aircraft experienced an uncommanded loss of engine power. The pilot attempted an emergency landing onto the remaining runway. After touchdown, the aircraft passed through a wire fence at the end of the runway and came to rest nine metres beyond the fence. The Pilot, who was the sole occupant, was uninjured and exited the aircraft unaided. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. There was no fire.

It is probable that ‘serious’ carburettor icing was forming during ground operation and continued to form with full throttle selected during take-off. Carburettor icing forms in an insidious manner and may initially go unnoticed. It gradually blocks the carburettor’s venturi, changing the fuel/air ratio and causing a progressive loss of power. Carburettor icing has been identified as a factor in several other AAIU investigations.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIU
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Final report


Photo of EI-GEO courtesy

In Flight
22 August 2021; (c) Gerry Barron

Photo: AAIU

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