Event Details


Title:Fuel exhaustion, Executive Airlines, British Aerospace J-3101, N16EJ, Bear Creek Township, Pennsylvania, May 21, 2000
Micro summary:This British Aerospace J-3101 crashed into terrain due to fuel exhaustion.
Event Time:2000-05-21 at 1128 EDT
File Name:2000-05-21-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB/AAB-02/05
Pages:34
Site of event:11 miles south of AVP
Latitude/Longitude:N 419'23" W7545' 53"
Departure:Atlantic City International Airport (ACY), USA
Destination:Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP)
Airplane Type(s):British Aerospace J-3101
Flight Phase:Descent
Registration(s):N16EJ
Operator(s):Executive Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Occupants:19
Fatalities:19
Serious Injuries:0
Minor/Non-Injured:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:On May 21, 2000, about 1128 eastern daylight time (EDT), a British Aerospace Jetstream 3101, N16EJ, operated by East Coast Aviation Services (doing business as Executive Airlines) crashed about 11 miles south of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP), Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The airplane was destroyed by impact and a postcrash fire, and 17 passengers and two flight crewmembers were killed. The flight was being conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 as an on-demand charter flight for Caesar's Palace Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. An instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed for the flight from Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) to AVP.

PROBABLE CAUSE

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the flight crew's failure to ensure an adequate fuel supply for the flight, which led to the stoppage of the right engine due to fuel exhaustion and the intermittent stoppage of the left engine due to fuel starvation. Contributing to the accident were the flight crew's failure to monitor the airplane's fuel state and the flight crew's failure to maintain directional control after the initial engine stoppage.

Learning Keywords:Operations - Deadstick/Power Loss
Operations - Fuel Exhaustion
Systems - Fuel
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