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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44224
Last updated: 16 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32-300
Owner/operator:Aircraft Unlimited Inc.
Registration: N8745E
MSN: 32-7640073
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pierre, SD -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Pierre, SD (PIR)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that the engine surged and lost power during the initial climb after takeoff. In an interview, he stated that he had previously turned the auxiliary electric fuel boost pump off, but when the engine surged and lost power, he switched fuel tanks, and turned the auxiliary boost pump on. He was unable to restart the engine, and the airplane collided with a ravine during the ensuing forced landing. An examination of the airplane disclosed no evidence of any preaccident mechanical anomalies. The airplane's engine was run in an engine test cell and developed full rated rpm. An on-scene examination of the cockpit fuel selector found that it was positioned between the left and right fuel tanks.
Probable Cause: The loss of engine power during takeoff-initial climb due to the pilot's failure to correctly position the fuel selector, which resulted in fuel starvation and a forced landing.




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Dec-2017 08:59 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]

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