Saturday, June 11, 2016

Bellanca 17-30 Viking , N7346V: Accident occurred June 11, 2016 near Westport Airport (4F1), Pawnee County, Oklahoma

http://registry.faa.gov/N7346V

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Oklahoma City FSDO-15


NTSB Identification: CEN16LA217
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Westport, OK
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17 30, registration: N7346V
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 11, 2016, about 0915 central daylight time, a Bellanca 17-30 airplane, N7346V, made a forced landing after a loss of engine power in flight near Westport, Oklahoma. The private rated pilot sustained minor injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed from Westport Airport (4F1), Westport, Oklahoma, about 0910 and was en route to William R Pogue Municipal Airport (OWP), Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

The pilot reported that he intended to top off the fuel tanks at OWP, about 10 miles east of 4F1, and then proceed to another airport. After departure he made a turn to east then northeast over Keystone Lake. He had just adjusted the engine control for cruise flight when he noticed a loss of engine power. He initiated emergency procedures by switching from the right main fuel tank to left main fuel tank and then turned on the fuel boost pump. The pilot reported that at this point the engine "sounded like it was trying to make power but, wasn't enough to maintain altitude". During the forced landing the airplane contacted trees and then impacted an open field. The airplane came to rest upright and sustained damage to the engine mounts, both wings, the fuselage, and the empennage. 

Immediately after the accident the pilot reported to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that the fuel in the tanks on the day of the accident was remaining from a previous cross country flight in March of 2016 and the accident flight was the first flight since then. He sumped all four fuel tanks prior to departure and no contamination was found. He used a homemade, calibrated fuel measuring stick to measure three of fuel tanks. There were 4 gallons in the right outboard tank, 19 gallons in the right main tank, 12 gallons in the left outboard tank, and the left main tank half full, but was not measured using the stick. He departed 4F1 with the fuel selector on the right inboard tank.

Another FAA inspector and an airplane mechanic conducted a postaccident examination of the airplane, which revealed the right main tank was about ¾ full, the right outboard auxiliary tank, left main tank, and left outboard auxiliary tank were almost empty. An examination of the engine revealed that the crankshaft rotated smoothly when the propeller was turned by hand and compression was noted in each cylinder. The engine oil sump was dented, but not breached and contained clean oil on the dip stick. No issues were noted with magneto timing, spark plugs, or engine driven fuel pump. No fuel was present in the line from the fuel manifold to the metering unit or to the engine driven fuel pump. The main fuel line to the fuel pump was pulled from firewall during the accident. The main fuel strainer was empty. The drain valve was found open and exhibited impact signatures. The fuel selector was found on the left main fuel tank. In order to test the fuel system the drain valve was closed, the fuel selector switched to the right main tank, and the boost pump was successfully tested on both high and low settings. After priming the fuel flowed freely from the main fuel line. Other than the absence of fuel, no anomalies were noted with the engine that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA217

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Westport, OK
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17 30, registration: N7346V
Injuries: 1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 11, 2016, about 0915 central daylight time, a Bellanca 17-30 airplane, N7346V, made a forced landing after a loss of engine power in flight near Westport, Oklahoma. The private rated pilot sustained minor injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provision of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed from Westport Airport (4F1), Westport, Oklahoma, about 0910 and was en route to William R Pogue Municipal Airport (OWP), Sand Springs, Oklahoma. 

The pilot reported that he intended to top off the fuel tanks at OWP and then proceed to another airport. After departure he made a turn to east then northeast over Keystone Lake. He had just adjusted the engine control for cruise flight when he noticed a loss of engine power. He initiated emergency procedures by switching from right main fuel tank to left main fuel tank and then turned on the fuel boost pump. The pilot reported that at this point the engine "sounded like it was trying to make power but, wasn't enough to maintain altitude". During the forced landing the airplane impacted a tree line and then an open field. The airplane came to rest upright and sustained damage to the engine mounts, both wings, the fuselage, and the empennage. 

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the wreckage and reported that fuel was found in three of the four fuel tanks; the right outboard tank appeared to be empty. 

The airplane has been retained for further examination.




WESTPORT, Okla. -- Oklahoma Highway Patrol says two people were injured in a small plane crash near Keystone Lake Saturday morning.

The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday after Troopers say the plane experienced mechanical failures.

OHP says firefighters from the Peninsula Fire Department responded and treated two occupants of the small plane.

The current conditions of the occupants is unknown at this time.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.kjrh.com



WESTPORT, Okla. (KTUL) - A small plane crashed near Keystone Lake Saturday morning, according to OHP Troopers.

They said one person was in the plane when it went down north of Highway 412 and Old Keystone Rd.

Officials said the pilot was walking around after he was checked out by EMSA. He was taken to the hospital with head injuries.

The FAA will look into the cause of the crash and will release information when they get more details.

Original article can be found here: http://ktul.com




KEYSTONE LAKE, Okla. —   Fire officials confirmed that a plane crashed near Keystone Lake Saturday.

Officials with Westport Fire said the plane down was down near Leroy Road and the Keystone Exit of Highway 412.

Officials said the pilot was taking of from the Westport Airport when he found he had some minor mechanical issues.

He made an emergency landing in the area.

He was taken to a Tulsa hospital for minor head injuries.

Original article can be found here: http://www.fox23.com

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