NTSB Identification: ERA14LA183
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 02, 2014 in Venus, FL
Aircraft: ROBERT J REIMBOLD ZENITH CH 750, registration: N938VP
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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On April 2, 2014, about 2055 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Zenith CH-750, N938VP, experienced a total loss of engine power while in cruise flight near Venus, Florida. The pilot subsequently made an off airport forced landing to a pasture and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward portion of the fuselage, both wings, and the rudder.. The certificated private pilot and passenger were not injured. 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. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the flight which departed from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL), Lakeland, Florida, about 1900, with an intended destination of LaBelle Municipal Airport (X14), LaBelle, Florida.
The pilot reported that prior to departure the fuel gauges indicated approximately three-fourths full for both the left and right fuel tanks; however, he did not visual inspect the fuel quantity. During the off airport landing the airplane encountered some brush, which separated the nose wheel from the airplane, the airplane nosed over, and came to rest inverted. He further reported that after the airplane came to rest the fuel selector valve was selected from the "ON" position to the "OFF" position.
Postaccident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left fuel tank was devoid of fuel and the right fuel tank had approximately 6 gallons of fuel remaining. The fuel line to the carburetor was removed, the fuel selector valve was placed in the "ON" position, and fuel flowed freely with no debris or restriction noted. The vented fuel caps were examined and no blockage was noted around the hole or vents.
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