Accident Avid Flyer N248H,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45313
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Date:Monday 13 January 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic AVID model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avid Flyer
Registration: N248H
MSN: 248
Engine model:Bombardier Rotax
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Cambridge, NE -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Cambridge, NE (CSB)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain during a forced landing. According to the pilot rated passenger, there were no problems with the airplane during the run-up. During initial climb through 200-300 feet above ground level, there was a gradual loss of all engine power. The passenger stated that there was no rotation of the propeller. The pilot then turned the airplane back towards the airport, but they did not have enough altitude to reach the runway. The passenger reported that he did not know if they were stalled but said they were coming down at a steep descent. Examination of the engine revealed that the cylinder walls exhibited scoring consistent with repetitive thermal seizures. The manufacturer recommends that the engine be overhauled every five years or 300 hours. The last entry relating to the engine's conditional inspection stated that the owner understood this recommendation. The engine exceeded the recommended time to be overhauled. The pilot's last logbook entry dated about a year before the accident indicated a total flight time of 242.6 hours, of which 47.4 hours were in the accident aircraft.
Probable Cause: The inadvertent stall by the pilot following a total loss of engine power and the seizure of the engine. A factor to the accident was the engine overhaul not performed in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI03LA052
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
08-Dec-2017 18:00 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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