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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : crg|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 50|
agl bound upper : 50
|Controlling Facilities||tower : crg|
|Make Model Name||Helicopter|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : cfi
pilot : atp
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 7050
flight time type : 800
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : unspecified|
other flight crewa
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : overcame equipment problem|
flight crew : declared emergency
While performing aerial survey for suspect vehicle within the north edge of crg air traffic area and in contact with crg tower, there was no indication of the impending engine failure to come. Engine instruments were in the green, main fuel tank indicated better than 100 pounds and auxiliary tank gauge showed empty. I completed my survey and advised crg tower I was inbound for landing. I intended for this to be a full stop since I was on the edge of my VFR fuel reserves as indicated by my gauges including my fuel flow meter indicating better than 9 gallons remaining. I was cleared for landing adjacent to runway 14 and while on short final, at approximately 50 ft AGL, the engine completely shut down. At this time, I executed a safe automatic rotation to a running landing sustaining no damage or injury. Engine failure was traced to fuel exhaustion of the main tank. Factors involved were faulty indication of fuel tank gauges and never any fuel low warning light indicator coming on. Further checking revealed the remaining 9 gallons of fuel in the auxiliary tank which was not transferred to main tank due to failure of fuel transfer pump. Fuel sending unit was checked and found to have a loose spring causing faulty indications. Corrective action: installed new fuel sending unit and new fuel transfer pump.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A POLICE SMA HELI RAN OUT OF FUEL AND LANDED SAFETY ON AN ARPT.
Narrative: WHILE PERFORMING AERIAL SURVEY FOR SUSPECT VEHICLE WITHIN THE N EDGE OF CRG ATA AND IN CONTACT WITH CRG TWR, THERE WAS NO INDICATION OF THE IMPENDING ENG FAILURE TO COME. ENG INSTS WERE IN THE GREEN, MAIN FUEL TANK INDICATED BETTER THAN 100 LBS AND AUX TANK GAUGE SHOWED EMPTY. I COMPLETED MY SURVEY AND ADVISED CRG TWR I WAS INBOUND FOR LNDG. I INTENDED FOR THIS TO BE A FULL STOP SINCE I WAS ON THE EDGE OF MY VFR FUEL RESERVES AS INDICATED BY MY GAUGES INCLUDING MY FUEL FLOW METER INDICATING BETTER THAN 9 GALLONS REMAINING. I WAS CLRED FOR LNDG ADJACENT TO RWY 14 AND WHILE ON SHORT FINAL, AT APPROX 50 FT AGL, THE ENG COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN. AT THIS TIME, I EXECUTED A SAFE AUTO ROTATION TO A RUNNING LNDG SUSTAINING NO DAMAGE OR INJURY. ENG FAILURE WAS TRACED TO FUEL EXHAUSTION OF THE MAIN TANK. FACTORS INVOLVED WERE FAULTY INDICATION OF FUEL TANK GAUGES AND NEVER ANY FUEL LOW WARNING LIGHT INDICATOR COMING ON. FURTHER CHKING REVEALED THE REMAINING 9 GALLONS OF FUEL IN THE AUX TANK WHICH WAS NOT TRANSFERRED TO MAIN TANK DUE TO FAILURE OF FUEL TRANSFER PUMP. FUEL SENDING UNIT WAS CHKED AND FOUND TO HAVE A LOOSE SPRING CAUSING FAULTY INDICATIONS. CORRECTIVE ACTION: INSTALLED NEW FUEL SENDING UNIT AND NEW FUEL TRANSFER PUMP.
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.