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Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, G-RVRF

Date of occurrence: 29 July 2011

Summary:

The aircraft suffered an engine stoppage on takeoff at approximately 200 ft, stalled, rolled more than 60º to the left, crashed into houses and caught fire. Both occupants survived the impact and fire but the pilot succumbed to his injuries later in hospital. The most likely cause of the engine stoppage was stiffness of the fuel selector valve causing it to be in an intermediate position, reducing fuel flow to a level too low to sustain continuous engine operation.

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Report name:
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, G-RVRF
Registration:
G-RVRF
Type:
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
Location:
Newlands Avenue, Eccles, Greater Manchester
Date of occurrence:
29 July 2011
Category:
General Aviation - Fixed Wing
Summary:

The aircraft suffered an engine stoppage on takeoff at approximately 200 ft, stalled, rolled more than 60º to the left, crashed into houses and caught fire. Both occupants survived the impact and fire but the pilot succumbed to his injuries later in hospital. The most likely cause of the engine stoppage was stiffness of the fuel selector valve causing it to be in an intermediate position, reducing fuel flow to a level too low to sustain continuous engine operation.

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