Accident SkyStar Kitfox IV , Saturday 5 September 2020
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Date:Saturday 5 September 2020
Type:Silhouette image of generic FOX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
SkyStar Kitfox IV
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Mamaku Plateau, Rotorua -   New Zealand
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
A partial engine failure occurred while within gliding distance of the operator's airstrip. Pilot turned toward the airstrip and shorlty afterwards lost all power from the engine. A landing without power was carried out, and on touchdown the right main landing gear axle broke off causing the aircraft to nose over. Pilot was uninjured.
Subsequent investigation did not identify any mechanical issues with the engine. The pilot believed that the power loss was caused by fuel starvation as a result of vapour lock in the fuel system. The aircraft type has had several suspected vapour lock induced power loss incidents, caused by vapour lock in fuel lines from the main tanks, particularly at low fuel levels and/or high ambient temperatures. The aircraft had about 45 minutes of fuel (15 minutes plus 30 minute reserve) remaining at the time of the incident. The main landing gear axle attachment design was also identified as a weak point, and newer aircraft have an improved design. Location was Fitzgerald Glade.


Revision history:

10-Apr-2021 14:28 harro Added
22-Sep-2021 00:37 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
15-Feb-2022 02:34 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]

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