Four Safety Alerts missed and resulted in pilot’s death-MISFUELING

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NATA Responds to Fatal Suspected Misfueling Aircraft Accident

NATA and industry have created a number of safeguards

NTSB has found that Fatal Crash likely due to misfueling

Pilot and Fueler missed at least four alerts







Washington, DC, October 11, 2019 – The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) issued a statement, following the recently released National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report indicating misfueling as a possible cause of a fatal aircraft accident:

“The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) was saddened to learn of a recent preliminary report of a fatal aircraft accident related to a suspected misfueling. Aircraft misfuelings are preventable through proper training and eliminating these incidents is a top priority for NATA and our membership. NATA’s Misfueling Prevention Program can be accessed free of charge at and includes learning tracks for line service professionals, customer service representatives, FBO managers, and pilots,” stated NATA President Gary Dempsey. ‘NATA urges all FBOs, regardless if you are a member of NATA, and pilots to use this complimentary resource NATA created for the industry. NATA is dedicated to working with our members, partners, and other industry stakeholders to educate the aviation community and keep our skies safe and secure.’”









According to the airport employee who fueled the airplane, he asked the pilot of N326CW, while on approach to the airport,[I]  if he wanted jet fuel, and the pilot said “yes.” He said the he asked the pilot if he wanted jet fuel because the airplane looked like a jet airplane. When the airplane arrived, the employee pulled the [ii] Jet A fuel truck out and parked it in front of the airplane while the pilot was still inside the airplane.

The employee said that [iii] he asked the pilot again if he was wanted jet fuel, and the pilot said “yes.” The employee fueled the airplane with about 163 gallons of Jet A from the fuel truck.

The employee said that he [iv] was able to orientate the different shaped nozzle (relative to the 100 low lead fuel truck nozzle) from the Jet A fuel truck by positioning it 90 degrees over the wing fuel tank filler necks and about 45 degrees over the fuselage filler necks. He said the he initially spilled about one gallon of fuel during refueling and adjusted his technique so subsequent fuel spillage was minimal.

The Jet A fuel truck had “JET A” on its left, right, and rear sides







This accident was preventable and there were at least FOUR [i,ii,iii,iv]safety warnings that failed. A FIRST PRINCIPLE OF AN EFFECTIVE SAFETY CULTURE IS CONSTANT VIGILANCE.



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