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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : hgr|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1000|
msl bound upper : 10000
|Controlling Facilities||tower : hgr|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||instruction : instructor|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : cfi
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 1100
flight time type : 4
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : student|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
Student and instructor were inbound to the hagerstown VOR, when the engine sputtered and ran rough. We switched fuel tanks and the engine ran normally. As we were 3 mi from the hagerstown airport, the engine started acting up again. The student/owner called the tower and told the tower that he thought we were out of fuel and requested immediate clearance to land on runway 9. The tower cleared runway 9 and we landed with intermittent power, taxied off the runway, where the engine died altogether. Upon inspection of the fuel tanks, both were very low. The gauges read 1/4 on each. Lessons learned: when possible, always take off with full fuel tanks, especially if you aren't familiar with the aircraft you are flying! I will never trust the owners again!
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA ON TRAINING FLT HAS ROUGH ENG, DECLARES EMER, REQUESTS IMMEDIATE LNDG CLRNC. TURNING OFF RWY, ENG QUIT.
Narrative: STUDENT AND INSTRUCTOR WERE INBOUND TO THE HAGERSTOWN VOR, WHEN THE ENG SPUTTERED AND RAN ROUGH. WE SWITCHED FUEL TANKS AND THE ENG RAN NORMALLY. AS WE WERE 3 MI FROM THE HAGERSTOWN ARPT, THE ENG STARTED ACTING UP AGAIN. THE STUDENT/OWNER CALLED THE TWR AND TOLD THE TWR THAT HE THOUGHT WE WERE OUT OF FUEL AND REQUESTED IMMEDIATE CLRNC TO LAND ON RWY 9. THE TWR CLRED RWY 9 AND WE LANDED WITH INTERMITTENT PWR, TAXIED OFF THE RWY, WHERE THE ENG DIED ALTOGETHER. UPON INSPECTION OF THE FUEL TANKS, BOTH WERE VERY LOW. THE GAUGES READ 1/4 ON EACH. LESSONS LEARNED: WHEN POSSIBLE, ALWAYS TAKE OFF WITH FULL FUEL TANKS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU AREN'T FAMILIAR WITH THE ACFT YOU ARE FLYING! I WILL NEVER TRUST THE OWNERS AGAIN!
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.