Maybe he is asking a deeper question then the obvious. It appears the fuel was what caused the engine to fail. But what about crew coordination. Two commercial pilots and neither one thinks to check the fuel? Or maybe one thought of it but it was a hostile cockpit environment. Was there a crew brief? Were they in a hurry? Yes, ensuring fuel for flight may (not official yet) have prevented the accident. But what would have prevented them from forgetting to check? Crew briefs? Better fuel indication ergonomics? Better use of the checklist? What about preventing the deaths? Thought out Go / No-go decision point on turning back to the airport? More emergency procedure training? Of course, without knowing what really happened, it's impossible to know for sure, but they are good discussion points.Are you serious?
Why two pilots? I know that the initial test hours are single pilot... and there's a good reason for that. While this doesn't appear to have been within that initial test period, I don't see any real reason why you should have two pilots. If data collection is a concern, then maybe you should get some logging software, like the nice package Waiter has put together and collect the data that way. Heck, even a Garmin 296+ can do most of the recording you need (for your various V speeds), and if you're watching engine params then you should probably have an engine monitor (which most likely records anyway) to get clean data instead of "needle watching."A witness to the accident reported that he knew that the pilot was taking his airplane on a test flight
Hi,I skimmed over the report. And didn't notice the fuel was empty. I am surprised that two professionals didn't check the fuel. What I'm asking: Could they have taken off in a more safe way in preparation for unexpected engine failure.
I'd heard of that happening before; i.e., fuel selector switch set for the wrong tank(s).... a cessna crash. ... the pilot was flying with the secondary fuel tanks (both was empy). but the fuel indicator switch, was in the primery fuel tank position. so, when he was out of fuel, he saw the fuel indicator but they show the wrong tanks, who was full.
i saw the accident and i think the airplane enter in a stall maybe at 30 meters AGL.