Accident Piper PA-32-300 N364BW,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 294200
 
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Date:Wednesday 5 January 2005
Time:20:39 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-32-300
Owner/operator:Package Express
Registration: N364BW
MSN: 32-7240005
Year of manufacture:1972
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Polkton, North Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Myrtle Beach International Airport, SC (MYR/KMYR)
Destination airport:Concord Regional Airport, NC (USA/KJQF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The engine lost power in cruise flight at night, and the pilot's attempts to restore engine power were unsuccessful. During forced landing, the airplane collided onto a berm. Examination revealed the right main fuel tank was empty, the electric fuel boost pump operated, and no mechanical defect was determined. The airplane's engine was disassembled, inspected, reassembled, and test run for 2 hours 15 minutes with no mechanical malfunction observed. The engine was reinstalled on the airplane, the airplane was returned to service, and the engine again lost power during a subsequent flight on February 8, 2005. Following second mishap, test bench examination of the engine-driven fuel pump revealed excessive fuel leakage from the shaft seal at the drive end of the pump. Disassembly examination of the unit revealed the rotor seal at the pump's drive end was worn beyond manufacturer's specifications, and wear and damage to the rotor interface with the drive coupling were observed.

Probable Cause: A loss of engine power due to the failure of the engine-driven fuel pump, which resulted in fuel starvation.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB ATL05LA039

Revision history:

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