Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bellanca 17-30A Viking, N39819: Accident occurred January 21, 2017 near Stoltzfus Airfield (OH22), Wayne County, Ohio

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

FAA Flight Standards District Office: CLEVELAND

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA081
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Kidron, OH
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17 30, registration: N39819
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 January 21, 2017, about 1400 eastern standard time, a Bellanca 17-30A airplane, N39819, conducted a forced landing near Kidron, Ohio. The airline transport rated pilot received was not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged during the accident. 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. 

The pilot reported that he was on a personal flight, and had been airborne for about 40 minutes. He added that he was in cruise flight at about 2,600 ft MSL, when he heard a "bang", and the engine started to shake and lose power. He turned back towards the airport, but believed that the airplane was not going to make the airport, so he selected a field for the forced landing. During the forced landing, the left wing collided with a brush pile; the airplane then impacted a stand of pine trees, before coming to a stop. 

Substantial damage was noted to the airplane's fuselage and wings. Fuel was present on site. 

The airplane was retained for further examination.

WAYNE, COUNTY, OHIO  - The pilot of a Bellanca 17-30A Viking plane force landed Saturday afternoon, January 21st. 

The incident occurred in East Union Township just south of Kansas Rd.

Sometime before 3:00 in the afternoon the pilot was forced to look for a place to land his plane experienced mechanical failures that caused his engine to quit. 

The pilot directed the plane towards Stoltzfus Airfield, but soon realized he would not make the distance. He then attempted to land the plane in a nearby field. 

The plane came to its final resting place on the edge of the wooded area next to the field.

Miraculously, he was able to walk away from his aircraft. He has no reported injuries, and was able to explain what happened to a crowd that gathered.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the incident, and the FAA and local fire station were contacted.

The family says they are "just glad he's ok and no one was hurt." They also commend his quick thinking and navigation, saying "he did an outstanding job."

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