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2019/11

Report on serious incident in the vicinity of Arendal airport Gullknapp, Norway 26 August 2018 with Reims Aviation SA F172H, LN-RAL

The engine stopped as the aircraft approached the airport. The commander had to make an emergency landing on a field north-west of the airport. Neither the pilot, passenger or aircraft were injured during the incident. When the commander inspected the aircraft after the emergency landing, he discovered that the fuel filler cap on the left wing had detached and that both fuel tanks were completely empty. The shape of the tank filler opening has probably been changed over time. This may have resulted in the lid not being properly fastened after dip sticking the fule tanks prior to the last flight.

This report is in Norwegian only.

No safety recommendation is issued in connection with this investigation.

Facts

Location Froland, 3 km Northwest of Gullknapp airport, Aust-agder county, Norway
Occurrence date 26.08.2018
ICAO Location indicator ENGK
Aircraft Cessna 172 Skyhawk
Operator Private
Registration LN-RAL
Meteorological conditions VMC
County Aust-Agder
Type of occurrence Serious incident
Type of operation Private
Category of operation Light, aeroplane (< 5 700kg)
Aircraft category Landplane, Single-engine, Piston engine
FIR/AOR ENSV (Stavanger ATCC)

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