NTSB Identification: CEN14FA219
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Sweetwater, TX
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17 30A, registration: N9759E
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Minor.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 27, 2012 about 1550 central daylight time (CDT), a Bellanca Super Viking 17-30A, N9759E, was substantially damaged when the airplane impacted terrain near Avenger Field Airport (KSWW), Sweetwater, Texas, after a loss of engine power. The airplane had departed from Shreveport Regional Airport (KSHV), Shreveport, Louisiana about 1130. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed. The certificated commercial pilot received minor injuries and passenger was fatally injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, he topped off the wing tanks and filled the auxiliary tank with 48 gallons of 100LL fuel before departing KSHV because he knew there would be a strong headwind enroute to KSWW. He stated he took off using fuel from the left tank and then switched to the auxiliary tank once enroute. Once the auxiliary tank was depleted, he switched to the right tanks. The pilot stated the right tanks ran out of fuel and the engine stalled. The pilot attempted to switch to the fuel tanks in the left wing but the engine would not restart.

The main wreckage contained all primary structural components and flight control surfaces except the left flap which was found on top of the north side of the ravine. Flight control continuity was confirmed from the flight control surfaces to their respective cockpit controls. An engine examination indicated no anomalies with the engine and signatures consistent with no propeller rotation at the time of impact were observed.

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