Accident Diamond DA20-A1 N196DA,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 352682
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Date:Saturday 4 September 1999
Time:18:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DV20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Diamond DA20-A1
Owner/operator:Sky King Aviation
Registration: N196DA
MSN: 10056
Total airframe hrs:2229 hours
Engine model:Bombardier 912-F3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cedar Key, FL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:(KCDK)
Destination airport:Statesboro, FL (KTBR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot did not ensure that the fuel valve was on nor did he activate the electric fuel boost pump before takeoff. The low fuel warning light illuminated on takeoff roll with sufficient runway remaining to abort the takeoff. The pilot elected to continue the takeoff. The airplane experienced a loss of engine power and a forced landing was initiated. The airplane collided with trees, and crashed while maneuvering to a forced landing area. The engine was removed and mounted in a test stand. The engine started immediately and sustained normal operations. The mechanical fuel pump functioned normally in all operating conditions. The low fuel warning light did not flicker or illuminate when using any combination of the mechanical or electric fuel pump. With the fuel valve turned to the off position the engine would run for about 2.4 minutes at full power before losing power.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to follow the checklist (turn Fuel Valve-On, and activate electric fuel boost pump) and the pilot's decision to continue flight with a known unairworthy condition (illumination of low fuel pressure warning light on takeoff roll) with sufficient runway remaining to abort the takeoff. This resulted in a subsequent loss of engine power on initial takeoff climb, forced landing, and in-flight collision with trees and terrain.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: MIA99FA246
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Download report: Final report




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