NTSB Identification: ERA13LA119
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 27, 2013 in Palmetto, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/11/2013
Aircraft: SHOEMAKER JAMES B KR-2, registration: N27CE
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.

The pilot reported that, before departure, he added 5 gallons of fuel, which increased the total amount of fuel in the tank to between 14 and 15 gallons. After engine start, he taxied to the approach end of the runway where he performed an engine run-up. He reported no discrepancies. He taxied onto the runway, applied full power, and reported achieving full rpm. While climbing between 300 and 400 feet, the engine suddenly quit, and the propeller stopped. The pilot maneuvered the airplane for a forced landing in a soft field. The airplane impacted the ground in a right- wing-low attitude, which caused the engine and fuel tank to separate. No fuel spillage or smell was noted at the accident scene, and only 2 ounces of fuel were found in the separated fuel tank. Postaccident examination of the engine revealed no fuel in the carburetor and only 1 cc of fuel in the fuel strainer. However, the reason for the lack of fuel could not be determined. Further examination of the engine revealed powertrain continuity and no evidence of preimpact failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The total loss of engine power for undetermined reasons, which resulted in a forced landing.

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