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NTSB: Unseated Carburetor Part Probable Cause Of Harrison Ford Plane Crash

SANTA MONICA ( — The main metering jet of the carburetor of a plane Harrison Ford was piloting had become unseated, resulting in loss of engine power and forcing the actor to land the plane hard in a Santa Monica golf course, NTSB investigators said Thursday. ( Más...

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Yep, that'll do it!

mike SUT 2
flew like that for 17 years and then wham.....go figure
Quentin Hydock 1
And there will be no consequence to the mechanic, or firm he/she works for, for the malfunction of the part he/she worked on. The FAA requires pilots and owners to recertify, get medicals, hold them ultimately responsible for flying a plane which has a mechanical malfunction and crashes because they didn't ensure the repairs were done correctly, etc, etc. But, are A&P's/IA's required to jump through hoops to maintain their relationship, and livelihood with and in aviation? There are dedicated, conscientious, talented people in aviation maintenance working on aircraft and keeping people alive, but we all know there are bad seeds out there and there is no mechanism for getting rid of the irresponsible people, doing paper annuals through the mail, and in several accident reports I have read, responsible for the death of the souls killed in the aircraft they supposedly repaired. One report actually stated that the improper repair of the plane was a "contributing factor" in the accident, but the pilot/owner, that was killed, was responsible because he did not ensure the repairs were done correctly. If that's the case, let me work on my own plane. Then I will truly be responsible for ensuring I stay alive and will be much more diligent than some mechanic working at a facility whose work is signed off by the A&P. The FAA is a dysfunctional government agency made of of paper pushing administrators that are only concerned with making overly complex regulations, that in many cases make absolutely no sense to anyone other than lawyers and judges. And, aviation organizations lament the decline in the number of GA pilots, and aircraft buyers. Get your heads out of the nether regions of your bodies and look at what's happening from a user's perspective. There is no other hobby that requires the BS that flying does.
Why is the market for experimental and LSA aircraft thriving, and flight schools are closing down? It's easy to see that the FAA hasn't shot themselves in the foot, they've shot GA through the heart!
Ruger9X19 2
I think you are sorely misinformed on the consequences to mechanics, you should have a look through Part 43 at some point. It take a minimum of 18 months at 8 hrs. a day to get an A&P. That little pilots certification took what 40-50 hrs.? Then there are the legal issues, I have had to go to court to defend a 100hr inspection from 12 years before that had nothing to do with the accident. Do pilots have to deal with hiring a lawyer to defend a flight they took a decade ago? I have seen several reports like the one you speak and most of the time the pilot is truly at fault because there was no sign off in the logbook. If the paperwork is not in the book the log the plane is not airworthy and the pilot shouldn't fly. As to doing your own work if you want to spend the time and get the certification, no one is stopping you. I have seen pilots do stupid things mechanically. In most cases If you do your own work, I won't work on your airplane. I need to defend the maintenance history of the aircraft I work on and I don't need a pilot buying an oil hose and installing it after I do an inspection then leaving me open to a lawsuit if he crashes, it happens. There is a lot more to the maintenance side than most pilots understand.
Skye777 -2
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Loose Screw Behind Harrison Ford Plane Crash

Harrison Ford’s vintage aircraft lost power shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica Airport in March, crash-landing on Penmar Golf Course in Venice on March 5th, 2015

Federal investigators said today the reason for the crash was a loose carburetor jet.


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