Accident Cessna 404 Titan N26SA, Saturday 15 April 2000
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Date:Saturday 15 April 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic C404 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 404 Titan
Owner/operator:Superior Aviation, Inc.
Registration: N26SA
MSN: 404-0225
Year of manufacture:1978
Total airframe hrs:17393 hours
Engine model:Continental GTSIO-520-M2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Lansing, MI -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:LAN
Destination airport:Caro, MI (78D)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot was departing from Lansing, Michigan, when he reported engine problems. The aircraft subsequently lost power to both engines. Fuel receipts were found that indicate that the aircraft was serviced with 25 gallons of jet fuel in each wing tank. No preexisting anomalies were found with regard to the aircraft or its systems. An FAA inspector interviewed the person that had fueled the aircraft and that person stated he had used a JET-A fuel truck to fuel the accident aircraft. The inspector also interviewed the safety director of the company that provided the fueling service. The safety director told the inspector that the fuel truck used to fuel the accident aircraft was found to have a small nozzle installed on one of the hoses and not the wide nozzle used on jet fueling trucks. He also said that, '...the small nozzle was used for the purpose of fueling tugs at the airport and that the small nozzles were immediately removed from all jet refueling trucks so that this could not happen again.'
Probable Cause: A loss of engine power due to improper fuel. Also causal was the improper aircraft service by the fixed base operator personnel and the unsuitable terrain for the forced landing encountered by the pilot. Factors were the improper grade of fuel and the lack of suitable terrain for the landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI00LA114
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
03-Jan-2011 10:03 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 18:33 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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