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Further review into aircraft logs show pilot squawks about the right engine. About 10days before the accident, the crash pilot squawked a possible power loss and noted a minor fuelleak below the right engine during preflight inspection. The problem was noted to be notreplicable by another pilot during a ground test. On the morning of the flight the pilot calledZonk air to report that the right engine was dripping fuel again. The owner/operator replied that itcould be vent or fuel cap leaking fuel top the older aircraft.After reviewing N517RL’s maintenance logs, it is evident that there was a list of deferredmaintenance items and incomplete maintenance entries. Something of note is an incompleteentry that work began on the right engine to correct the reported squawks and readjusting theturbo waste gates. Differed maintenance items included adjustment of pilot seat springs andlocking the travel adjustment slide of the pilot’s seat, inspecting and replacing first aid kits,adding cargo nets and straps to the aircraft flight kit, tightening friction controls on the cockpitpower quadrant and repairing loose cooling baffling on the right engine.
1.6 Pilot InformationAccording to the FAA’s Airman Registry, the pilot was found to be an instrument ratedcommercial multi engine pilot. The pilot was considered a new hire with about one year workingwith the company. The pilot’s training records from previous flight schools were used as thepilot’s logbook could not be located. The records indicate that he had flown 300 hours total. 50hours were multi engine time. With 15 hours in the make and model of accident aircraft. Thepilot only had five hours actual of flying in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). Inaddition the pilot was noted to be two days over the grace period for a part 135 check ride, but itis uncertain s the part 135 check ride record were not found for this pilot. It was indicated after interviews with various employees that the pilot was found asleepin the crew lounges before flights on multiple occasions. The pilot had made it known to co-workers that he was breaking up with his girlfriend and didn’t want to go home. The pilot wasfilling in for the original pilot of the flight after they called in sick. Knowing this theowner/operator allowed the pilot to work, because the pilot had wanted to. In addition theowner/operator stated that the pilot seemed tired all the time.1.7 Company InformationThe company Zonk Air was found to be certified for part 91 and 135 flights. By locatingthe issued part 135 certificate it was determined that the company was based in OxnardCalifornia. The Zonk Air fleet was three aircraft, one Piper Navajo (PA-31) and two Cessna 310s.The primary operations were local scenic flights.