Fuel exhaustion Accident Quicksilver MXL II N594TC, Saturday 14 July 2018
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Date:Saturday 14 July 2018
Time:17:40
Type:Quicksilver MXL II
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N594TC
MSN: 5690
Year of manufacture:1995
Total airframe hrs:320 hours
Engine model:Rotax 503
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Arecibo -   Puerto Rico
Phase:
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Arecibo, PR (ABO)
Destination airport:Arecibo, PR (ABO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
After the local flight, the noncertificated pilot approached the airport for landing. During the approach, he performed a go-around, and the airplane encountered strong winds, so he decided to turn 180° to land on the opposite runway. While turning, about 1/2 mile from the runway, the engine lost total power, so the pilot landed the airplane straight ahead into marshy terrain in a nose-low attitude. The empennage and fuselage sustained substantial damage.
Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The 6-gallon fuel tank was found empty, and the fuel cap was found secured to the tank. The pilot reported that the airplane departed with 5 gallons of fuel onboard for the flight, which was about 1 hour 10 minutes long, and the estimated fuel consumption for the airplane was between about 5.3 and 6 gallons per hour. It is likely that, during the go-around and maneuver to return to the airport, the fuel supply was exhausted, which resulted in a total loss of engine power.



Probable Cause: The noncertificated pilot's improper fuel planning and management, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA18TA193
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 9 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB

History of this aircraft

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