Date & Time: Feb 22, 2015 at 1405 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-46 (Malibu/Meridian/Mirage/M-Class)
Villeneuve – Spokane – Stockton
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The pilot, sole on board, was performing a flight from Villeneuve (Alberta) to Stockton, California, with an intermediate stop at Spokane-Felts Field Airport for refuel. After takeoff from runway 22R, while in initial climb, the engine failed. The pilot lost control of the airplane that crashed about three miles southwest of the airport, slid across a road and came to rest inverted adjacent to the bottom of a railroad bridge. The aircraft was partially destroyed and the pilot was seriously injured. He died from his injuries two days later. It was reported in an initial report that the fuel log indicated that the accident airplane had been refueled with 52 gallons of Jet fuel prior to takeoff. The airplane was owned by Michael J. Clements.
Engine failure after takeoff caused by an error of fueling (Jet A instead of Avgas).