Sunday, December 18, 2016

Bellanca 17-30A Viking, Bel Vik LLC, N4204B: Accident occurred December 18, 2016 in Blaine, Anoka County, Minnesota

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.


FAA Flight Standards District Office: MINNEAPOLIS-ST.PAUL, MN

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA058
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 18, 2016 in Blaine, MN
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17 30A, registration: N4204B
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 December 18, 2016, about 1500 central standard time, a Bellanca 17-30A airplane, N4204B, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Blaine, Minnesota. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Bel Vik LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which departed about 1420 from Range Regional Airport (HIB), Hibbing, Minnesota and was destined for Flying Cloud Airport (FCM), Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

The pilot stated he was returning to FCM after dropping off two passengers at HIB. While in cruise flight, the engine lost power. After the pilot switched fuel tanks and turned on the fuel boost pump, engine power was restored. Due to uncertainty with fuel status, the pilot diverted towards Anoka County–Blaine Airport (ANE), Blaine, Minnesota. Approaching ANE, the engine began to knock and subsequently seized. The pilot executed a forced landing onto a road, during which the airplane's left wing impacted a sign. 

Examination of the airplane by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors revealed significant damage to the engine, including a fractured piston rod cap and counterweights. The engine was retained for further examination and teardown.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities say a plane had to make an unexpected landing on a Blaine roadway Sunday afternoon, but no injuries were reported.

The Blaine Police Department says a small aircraft force landed on Main St. near Harper at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. 

The pilot reported having an issue with the plane and was forced to land it on the roadway.

Authorities say the plane didn’t come into contact with any vehicles, and no injuries were reported at the scene. 

The plane sustained minor damage from hitting street signs with at least one wing prior to landing.

What led up to the landing and what the issue was with the plane is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.


BLAINE, Minn. (KMSP) - A small, single-engine airplane made an forced landing on a street in Blaine, Minnesota Sunday afternoon after it unexpectedly lost power. 

The plane was flying east around 3:20 p.m. when it lost power and had to land in the eastbound lane of traffic on 125th Avenue near Harpers Street, Sgt. Jeff Warner with the Blaine Police Department said. 

No one was injured in the forced landing. 

The pilot clipped a street sign on the way down, causing some minor damage to the plane. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. 


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