Accident Piper PA-23-250 Aztec E N13984,
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Date:Friday 6 January 2023
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-23-250 Aztec E
Owner/operator:Smith Aircraft Holdings LLC
Registration: N13984
MSN: 27-4602
Year of manufacture:1970
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near George Town-Exuma International Airport (GGT/MYEF) -   Bahamas
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:George Town-Exuma International Airport (GGT/MYEF)
Destination airport:Hog Cay Airport (MYEV)
Investigating agency: AAIA Bahamas
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Piper PA-23-250 Aztec E crashed shortly after takeoff from Exuma International Airport (GGT/MYEF).
The three occupants were not injured and the aircraft was written off.

The pilot in command of the aircraft advised that after takeoff from runway 12 and during climb out, at approximately 250 feet AGL, he observed a loss of power to the right engine. This was followed in quick succession by a loss of power to the left engine.
Subsequently, the pilot decided to identify a suitable area to land the aircraft, and upon observing an area of cleared land just to the right of the threshold of runway 30, he aligned the aircraft in that direction, at a heading of approximately 130°. As the aircraft descended the left wingtip of the aircraft impacted several trees first, before
the aircraft hit the ground.
It was found that the pressure crossfeed was in the “ON” position during takeoff, which is contrary to the Pilot Operating Manual, which states that the crossfeed should be OFF during takeoff and landing.

The AAIA lists the probable cause of this accident to be dual loss of power due to fuel starvation.
Contributing Factors include:
- Fuel management

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIA Bahamas
Report number: OCC-2023/0002
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

12-Jan-2024 08:17 harro Updated [Time, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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