NTSB Identification: CEN13LA132
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 07, 2013 in Antlers, OK
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N222EG
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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On January 7, 2013, about 1412 central standard time, a Bellanca model 17-30A airplane, N222EG, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Antlers, Oklahoma. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by RAM, Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight. The cross-country flight departed from McAlester Regional Airport (KMLC), McAlester, Oklahoma, at 1355, and had the intended destination of Georgetown Municipal Airport (KGTU), Georgetown, Texas.
The pilot reported that the accident occurred during the first flight since a recent annual inspection. After departure, he proceeded southbound toward his intended destination. Approximately 17 minutes into the flight, at 3,500 feet mean sea level, the airplane experienced a loss of engine power. The pilot stated that he performed a forced landing into a small field, where the nose and left main landing gear collapsed during landing roll. The firewall and left wing were substantially damaged during the accident.
The airplane’s FAA Type Certificate Datasheet listed a total fuel capacity of 83 gallons (75 gallons usable), with each wing tank holding 34 gallons (30 gallons useable) and the fuselage-auxiliary tank holding 15 gallons (15 gallons useable). The pilot indicated that the airplane had 78 gallons of 100 low-lead aviation fuel onboard at departure. He also reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane.
On January 8, 2013, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors examined the airplane at the accident site. They established that both the left wing and fuselage-auxiliary fuel tanks were full of aviation fuel. The right wing tank was void of useable fuel. The right wing tank appeared to be undamaged and there was no evidence of a fuel leak. The cockpit fuel gauges confirmed the observed fuel distribution, with both the left wing and auxiliary fuel tanks being full and the right wing tank being empty. The fuel tank selector valve was positioned to draw fuel from the empty right wing tank.
At 1353, the departure airport’s automated surface observing system reported the following weather conditions: wind 210 degrees true at 10 knots, visibility 10 miles, sky clear, temperature 11 degrees Celsius, dew point -3 degrees Celsius, altimeter setting 30.22 inches of mercury.
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