bilby54 Posted September 20, 2008 Share Posted September 20, 2008 A pilot has had a lucky escape after his light plane crashed in western Queensland. Police say the plane ran out of fuel and crashed on to a dirt track about 20 kilometres from Longreach, at about 4:00pm yesterday. The pilot was not injured. This incident provided me with a distinct change in my friday night agenda as it was our club Jabiru that came to grief. It is never a fun thing to receive a call from the police even if no one was hurt. The pilot was fortunately, uninjured other than a few bumps and bruises to contend with so something good was salvaged from the wreck but we now have a three day road trip and recovery exercise to contend with but aircraft, like most machines, can be repaired. The worrying thing for me was that the aircraft did indeed run out of fuel but well and truly way before it was planned for. Yes it is the pilots responsibility to monitor the fuel situation but some other factor has caused the engine to use more fuel and run out approximately 1.5 hours early. This factor has quite probably increased the pilots stress level and with an airfield not far away....... the rest is now history. I ncidently, the pilot made a near perfect landing but the nose wheel dug in and it went over onto its back....... pity it wasn't a tail dragger! If the power setting was higher than normal cruise, then the fuel burn would increase but so would the speed so I find that not so convincing as a cause. The fuel boost pump on this aircraft is one that does not 'stall' on high pressure and the switch position is obscured from the pilot when normally seated. This is a possibile cause but I will not know until after the aircraft has been recovered and a detailed examination made. As a matter of request, does anyone else have experience with unusually high fuel consumption on engines fitted with Bing 64 carburettors. I am not saying here that the carby is at fault, or the aux fuel pump, or the aircraft type, or anything else but I really would like to know if this has happened to anyone before to help prevent this from happening again. I will keep you posted with any findings. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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