Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration; Anchorage, Alaska
Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA486
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 03, 2016 in Palmer, AK
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7GC, registration: N4831E
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
According to the pilot of the single engine airplane, shortly after takeoff and about 500 feet above ground level the engine lost power. He reported that he attempted to restart the engine but was unsuccessful. The pilot made a forced landing in a hay field; the airplane landed hard and struck a telephone pole.
The pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) that he did not preflight the airplane or check the fuel level before departure, and that there should have been fuel in the tanks from the last flight in June 2016, three months prior.
The pilot reported to the NTSB Investigator who received the initial notification that, "he ran the airplane out of gas." He further reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the airframe or engine that would have prevented normal flight operations.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.
The National Transportation Safety Board Investigator-in-charge attempted to contact the pilot on multiple occasions, but was informed by the FAA Inspector that the pilot was out of the country for the winter.