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Analysis

Summary

Data contained in the engine manufacturer's operator's manual confirmed that, when operated at the power settings associated with the conduct of the manufacturer-recommended engine break-in flight, the engine was capable of using all of the 118 L of fuel confirmed by the pilot as available for the flight. The higher power settings reported as used by the pilot during the flight would have consumed even more fuel. That, and the lack of fuel in the aircraft's fuel tank, or of a significant spillage of fuel at the accident site, indicated that the engine failure was most probably the consequence of fuel exhaustion.

A visible fuel quantity warning light might have assisted the identification by the pilot of the developing low fuel quantity.

 
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