NTSB Identification: ERA14LA083
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 01, 2014 in Alabaster, AL
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N351AE
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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On January 1, 2014, approximately 1420 central standard time, a Bellanca 17-30A, N351AE, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power in Alabaster, Alabama. The private pilot incurred minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which departed Bessemer Airport (EKY), Bessemer, Alabama, at approximately 1405, and was destined for Shelby County Municipal Airport (EET), Alabaster, Alabama. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
The pilot stated that the engine began to run rough while enroute at an altitude of 2,600 feet, and he responded by activating the fuel boost pump. The engine continued to run rough, and shortly after, experienced a total loss of power. The pilot maneuvered the airplane toward a row of trees in the backyard of a residence, and the airplane came to rest inverted, resulting in substantial damage.
Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the scene revealed that the airplane's fuel selector was set to the right wing tank position, and that the right wing tank contained approximately 8 gallons of fuel. A sample taken from the tank was absent of contamination. Further examination of the engine was scheduled for a later date.
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