NTSB Identification: MIA95LA126.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 05, 1995 in ST. AUGUSTINE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/19/1995
Aircraft: FOCKE-WULF FWP 149D, registration: N253FW
Injuries: 3 Serious.

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AFTER TAKEOFF WHILE TURNING LEFT CROSSWIND AT 300-400 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL, THE ENGINE QUIT. THE PREVIOUS OWNER WHO WAS DEMONSTRATING THE AIRPLANE TO THE CURRENT OWNER TOOK THE FLIGHT CONTROLS AND MANEUVERED THE AIRPLANE FOR LANDING. DURING THE DESCENT THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH TREES THEN THE GROUND. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE AT THE ACCIDENT SITE BY AN FAA INSPECTOR REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF FUEL LEAKAGE BENEATH THE RIGHT WING FUEL TANK WHICH WAS FOUND TO BE IMPACT DAMAGED. EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF MECHANICAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION. EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE-DRIVEN FUEL PUMP AND INLET FUEL LINE TO THE PRESSURE CARBURETOR REVEALED ONLY 1 OR 2 DROPS OF FUEL IN EACH COMPONENT. THE FUEL SELECTOR WAS POSITIONED TO THE RIGHT WING FUEL TANK WHICH WAS DETERMINED TO BE THE FULLEST OF THE TWO TANKS BEFORE TAKEOFF. THE ENGINE HAD BEEN OPERATED FOR ABOUT 1 HOUR 25 MINUTES AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

INADEQUATE FUEL MANAGEMENT BY THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND RESULTING IN THE TOTAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DUE TO FUEL STARVATION. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE UNSUITABLE TERRAIN ENCOUNTERED DURING THE EMERGENCY DESCENT FOR THE FORCED LANDING.

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