NTSB Identification: ERA14LA089
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 04, 2014 in Canton, GA
Aircraft: FK LIGHTPLANES FK9 ELA SW, registration: N611SP
Injuries: 2 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 4, 2014, about 1530 eastern standard time, a FK Lightplanes FK9, light-sport airplane, N611SP, was substantially damaged following a partial loss of engine power while in cruise flight near Canton, Georgia. The pilot subsequently made an off airport forced landing to an open field. The certificated private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the flight destined for Cobb County Airport – McCollum Field (RYY), Atlanta, Georgia. The fight originated from Mustang Field Airport (0GA1), Hartwell, Georgia, about 1500. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.
According to the pilot, while in cruise flight the fuel pressure gauge indicated a decrease in fuel pressure from 5.4 gallons per hour (gph) to 0.1 gph and the rpm subsequently decreased. After activating the auxiliary fuel pump, he was able to restart the engine; however, only partial power was restored. Unable to maintain altitude, an off airport emergency landing was performed to a nearby field. Upon landing the airplane, it encountered a berm, became airborne, and landed hard, which resulted in the left main landing gear and nose landing gear to separate from the airplane.
Examination of the airplane, by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, revealed that it came to rest with the left wing contacting the ground and the firewall was damaged. The left wing fuel tank had an undetermined amount of fuel and the right wing fuel tank was devoid of fuel. Initial examination of the engine revealed compression on all cylinders and the automotive fuel, that was located throughout the fuel system, was free of debris.
The engine was retained for further examination.
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