The Faulty Carburetor caused Harrison Ford's Plane Crash

The Indiana Jones star was flying his two-seater fighter World War II era aircraft accordingly, as the National Transportation Safety Board report shows a carburetor problem caused the March crash. The report once again confirms how good of a pilot the Star Wars actor is.
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You may recall this incident since it did stir up the media around the US when it happened, back in March. Sure, tabloids would be the first to speculate on both the actor’s health condition and the reasons it happened in the first place.

Things are quite clear now: moments after Ford took off from Santa Monica Airport the engine lost power and eventually caused the plane to crash.

The NTSB report, quoted by the LA Times, said the carburetor’s main metering jet controls the plane’s fuel flow, providing “a constant mixture ratio over the cruising range of engine operating speeds.” This piece is found between the discharge nozzle and the float chamber.

The carburetor may have been replaced back in 1998, when the entire aircraft was restored, but apparently its manuals didn’t offer “pertinent instructions regarding installations or continued maintenance of the assemblies,” the report details.

Furthermore, the file states Harrison Ford does not recall the moment of impact and what happened after, although the actor did relay what occurred moments before. Fortunately, the Hollywood star knew precisely how to conduct an emergency landing, thus leaving him with only some injuries.

We’ll remind you that the actor is an experienced aviator, who started his training more than 50 years ago, at Wild Rose Idlewild Airport in Wild Rose, Wisconsin. He is a private pilot of both fixed-wing and helicopters and owns an 800-acre (3.2 square km) ranch in Jackson, Wyoming, approximately half of which he has donated as a nature reserve.

As to the plane he was flying when the accident happened, we’ll mention it’s a 1942 monoplane registered to MG Aviation Inc. in Delaware. It's one of those that served as primary trainer for the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
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