Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CH750 STOL, N1971C: Accident occurred January 30, 2017 near Jennings Airport (3R7), Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


NTSB Identification: CEN17LA092
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 30, 2017 in Jennings, LA
Aircraft: Brammer CH750 STOL, registration: N1971C
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 30, 2017, about 1010 central standard time, the pilot of a Brammer CH750 STOL, N1971C, made a forced landing in a field 3 miles east of Jennings, Louisiana, after reporting "engine and fuel issues." The pilot, the sole occupant on board, was not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight originated from Jennings, Louisiana, Airport (3R7) about 0900.

The pilot told a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that he flew for about one hour and returned to 3R7. On final approach, the engine lost power. Knowing he could not glide to the airport and was approaching trees, the pilot elected to make a forced landing in a field. When nose gear touched down, airplane nosed over.

The pilot said he had recently completed building the aircraft, and had logged about 6 hours in it. He had been having fuel issues with the aircraft; specifically, the engine would not feed from the fuel tank when it was time to do so. There is a fuel tank in each wing that holds 15 gallons each. Fuel feeds to the engine from one tank until it gets to about 2 gallons remaining, then it feeds from the other tank. The pilot said he departed with 7 gallons in one wing tank and 8 gallons in the other.

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