NTSB reports fatal Nashville crash

NTSB reports fatal Nashville crash

None of the car drivers were injured in the accident.

The report (available from the NTSB accident investigation database, accident search ERA24FA127), includes accident flight details derived from eyewitnesses, ADS-B data, air traffic control audio, and an examination of the PA-32RT-300T aircraft flown by Viktor Dotsenko. , 43, from King Township, Ontario. His passengers were his wife, Rima, 39, and their three children, David, 12; Adam, 10 years old; And Emma, ​​7.
The initial report indicates that the accident flight was the third of a day that began more than seven hours before the accident (12:22 p.m. Central Time) in Brampton, Ontario, with stops in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Mount Sterling, Kentucky. Dotsenko fueled up at both Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field and Mount Sterling/Montgomery County Airport, according to the report, before departing for John C. Towne Airport in Nashville, Tennessee, about 180 miles away. The family departed at 7:15 p.m. and made an uneventful flight into Nashville International Airport airspace, with routine communications with approach control before handing the flight over to the tower at John C. Tune Airport in preparation for landing.

Instead of landing, the plane flew over Runway 20 at an altitude of about 2,500 feet. “The JWN controller handed the pilot back to the BNA controller because the pilot elected to overfly the airport for unknown reasons and was in BNA airspace at that altitude. The BNA controller remained in contact with the pilot during the remainder of the flight,” the NTSB report said.

A faint transmission from the pilot indicating engine failure prompted a Nashville International Airport controller to question the pilot’s intent. Dotsenko responded, according to the initial report: “My car’s engine has stopped, I am one thousand six hundred.” “I’m going down, I don’t know where.”

After the controller cleared the pilot to make an emergency landing on Runway 2, “the pilot indicated that the runway was in sight but was too far away to make.”

The plane touched down over a residential area at about an 80-degree angle, then over Interstate 40, “where it struck the shoulder of the eastbound lanes before striking an embankment and bursting into flames.”

One witness told investigators they heard the engine “making popping noises” as the plane descended.

While much of the plane was destroyed in the fire that followed the crash (a fireball that prompted a 911 caller to report taking evasive action, according to the Associated Press), investigators found that some instruments were still readable, including the vertical speed indicator Who reads the landing. 400 cfm, fire damaged manifold pressure gauge and fuel flow gauge reads 15 inches of manifold pressure and zero fuel flow. Compressed air pumped into the fuel system forced fuel out of cylinders 1, 3, and 5, while “no fuel was forced out of cylinders 2, 4, and 6.” Investigators found that the propeller was largely intact with no signs of rotating under the force upon impact. Investigators found the engine to be largely intact, with no signs of a pre-crash oil leak or other mechanical findings indicating the cause of the failure. The crankshaft rotated without grinding or restrictions, and the magnets were bench tested and functional; The spark plugs were also found to be in normal operating condition.

Investigators reported that the fuel selector valve, the part of the assembly that was significantly damaged by the collision and subsequent fire, was not found to be in a position that would allow normal fuel flow:

“The fuel selector handle, fuel selector valve/fuel strainer, and fuel selector torque tube were damaged and deformed by impact forces and separated from the airframe. The fuel selector valve was located between the left and left main tank positions, slightly favoring the left tank position. Valve opened Fuel selection/fuel refinery and detection of significant carbon and fire damage.

Investigators noted that while the left wing was mostly destroyed by the impact and fire, they reported no indication that the flight controls had been compromised before the collision.

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