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2021/08

Report on aviation accident at Starmoen airfield on 10 January 2021 with Piper Aircraft Inc. PA-18-150, LN-KCH

On Sunday 10 January 2021 the pilot took off from runway 15. When the aircraft reached a height of approx. 200 ft, the engine stopped. To avoid an emergency landing in dense forest, the pilot made a left turn and landed slightly outside the airport area. The landing was hard and the aircraft was significantly damaged. The pilot evacuated unharmed from the aircraft.

The fuel selector was found in the off position after the emergency landing. Probably due to the design of the fuel selector, it was inadvertently set to off by the commander before departure when he was supposed to change the position from the left fuel tank to the right. The fuel lines from the selector to the engine contained enough fuel to allow the aircraft to climb a couple of hundred feet before the engine stopped.

This report is in Norwegian only.

No safety recommendation is issued in connection with this investigation.

Published 06.07.2021

Facts

Location Starmoen airfield, Norway
Occurrence date 10.01.2021
ICAO Location indicator ENSM
Aircraft Piper Cub-serie
Operator Private
Registration LN-KCH
Meteorological conditions VMC
County Innlandet
Type of occurrence Accident
Type of operation Private
Category of operation Light, aeroplane (< 5 700kg)
Aircraft category Landplane, Single-engine, Piston engine
FIR/AOR ENOS (Oslo ATCC)

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