Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bellanca 17-30A Super Viking, N39894: Accident occurred March 01, 2017 at Carson Airport (KCXP), Carson City, Nevada

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Reno, Nevada
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N39894

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA072 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 01, 2017 in Carson City, NV
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N39894
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 March 1, 2017, about 1250 Pacific standard time, a Bellanca 17-30A, N39894, experienced a loss of engine power shortly after takeoff from the Carson Airport (CXP), Carson City, Nevada. The pilot, sole occupant, was seriously injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

At the time of this report, the pilot was unable to provide a statement or complete the NTSB Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1. 

A witness reported that he observed the airplane takeoff normally, with the exception that the landing gear remained in the down position. At the end of the runway, when the airplane was no higher than 300 feet, it sounded as if the engine decreased to idle. The airplane made a right 180o turn and descended rapidly before impacting the ground. 

Postaccident examination of the airframe revealed continuous control continuity throughout the airframe. In addition, control continuity was established from the cabin to the throttle, mixture, and propeller controls. The fuel lines were intact from the engine to the firewall, and from the wing tanks to the fuselage; the remaining lines were inaccessible due to airframe damage. Air was blown from the engine driven fuel pump inlet line aft through the fuel selector and air/fuel exited the left wing fuel tank outlet line. With no obvious anomalies with the airframe or engine, the engine was shipped to Continental Motors to be run in a test cell.

The engine was installed into a test cell. It started normally and ran for a while at 1,200 RPM with no anomalies noted. The power was increased to 2,100 rpm and the engine operated inconsistently; the fuel pump pressure was fluctuating, and after about 30 seconds the engine stabilized. After stabilization, a magneto check was completed and no abnormalities were noted. The engine power was increased to 2,400 RPM momentarily before full power was applied; the engine continued to operate normally. The engine power was abruptly changed between idle and full power several times with no anomalies noted. Unable to recreate the inconsistent running engine, it was shut down normally and removed from the test cell. 

The fuel components were removed from the engine. The fuel manifold valve was disassembled and rust indicative of corrosion was present on the screen and lower housing of the unit. The plunger was removed and it also exhibited rust. The diaphragm was removed and a small amount of fuel was found on the "dry" side of the valve; the vent extending from this section was examined and clear of debris.

The most recent entries from the airplane's airframe and engine maintenance logbooks were three annual inspections that occurred over a span of about 8 years. The tach time difference between these inspections was a total of 73 hours, for an average of 9 hours a year. The wife of the pilot reported that they purchased the airplane in 2002, and it has been parked in a hangar for a majority of their ownership. About 1.5 years leading up to the accident, the airplane had been undergoing an annual inspection and new paint, which was completed on February 24, 2017. When the maintenance was completed, the pilot ran the airplane's engine on the ground for about 45 minutes with no anomalies noted; the accident flight was the first flight post maintenance. 


According to a Continental Motors representative the fuel manifold valve is generally not disassembled by a mechanic in the field, and there are rarely issues with this engine component. If fuel issues are suspected, the troubleshooting section of the Continental Motors Standard Practices Manual (M-0) directs the mechanic to an isolated fix. If the problem is isolated to the fuel manifold, it is to be removed and either sent to an appropriate overhaul facility, or replaced by a new or rebuild from Continental Motors. 

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA072
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 01, 2017 in Carson City, NV
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N39894
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 March 1, 2017, about 1250 Pacific standard time, a Bellanca 17-30A, N39894, experienced a loss of engine power shortly after takeoff from the Carson Airport (CXP), Carson City, Nevada. The pilot, sole occupant, was seriously injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and it is unknown if a flight plan was filed. The flight was destined for an unknown location.

A witness reported that they observed the airplane takeoff normally, with the exception that the landing gear remained in the down position. At the end of the runway, when the airplane was no higher than 300 feet, it sounded as if the engine decreased to idle. The airplane made a right 180 degree turn and descended rapidly before impacting the ground. 

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location for further examination.



Carson City Sheriff’s Office says there was a plane crash at the Carson City Airport on Wednesday afternoon. 

Officials say a small plane was in the ditch on the north side of the runway.

According to the Nevada Appeal, the plane was a 1973 Bellanca registered out of Kingman, Arizona and that the pilot was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Story and video:  http://www.ktvn.com





CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - The pilot of a small plane was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center Wednesday after his plane went down in Carson City.

Sheriff Ken Furlong says it happened about 12:50PM March 1, 2017. The pilot, a Carson resident, had just taken off from the Carson airport but turned around and crashed at the north side of the airport. He was the only person on board.

No status about his condition has been released, but Furlong says he was conscious when he was taken to Renown.

There is no word yet regarding why he turned around or what led to the Viking 2-seater to crash.

The airport was temporarily closed during investigation and cleanup, but has since reopened.

Story and video:  http://www.kolotv.com







CARSON CITY, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The Carson City Sheriff's Office has confirmed a small plane crash at the Carson City airport.

According to Sheriff Ken Furlong, the pilot of the plane was unconscious and is being transported to Reno via CareFlight.

The crash was reported around 12:50 p.m.

Officials say the perimeter is being secured and the airport is closed.

No one else was on board at the time of the crash.

Source:   http://mynews4.com

Carson City Sheriff's Office 
Subject: Airport Temporarily Closed
Date: March 1, 2017
Time: 1:45 p.m.

(Carson City, NV) The Carson City Airport is temporarily closed until further notice. At about 12:50 p.m. dispatch was notified of a possible aircraft crash on the north side of the airport. According to Sheriff Ken Furlong the aircraft was identified as a local aircraft. At the time of the crash the aircraft had one occupant. The extent of the occupant’s injuries are unknown at this time. He has been Care Flighted to Renown for treatment.

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