NTSB Identification: WPR14LA185
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 03, 2014 in Bluffdale, UT
Aircraft: 177MF LLC PITTS MODEL 12, registration: N177MF
Injuries: 2 Minor.
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On May 3, 2014, about 2000 mountain daylight time, a Pitts 12, N177MA, was substantially damaged in an off-airport landing near Bluffdale, Utah. The pilot/owner and his passenger received minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no FAA flight plan was filed for the flight.
According to the pilot, he had recently purchased the airplane, and he and his wife planned to fly it from the purchase location in Washington state to their home town of Farmington, New Mexico. The first leg was uneventful, and terminated in a fuel stop at Columbia Gorge (DLS), where the pilot topped off the fuel tank. The next planned fuel stop was in the vicinity of Provo, Utah, and the pilot conducted the cruise portion at an altitude of 9,500 feet above mean sea level (msl). When the airplane was about 30 miles from Provo, the pilot began a gradual descent, and shortly thereafter, the engine quit. He switched from the main tank to the auxiliary tank and attempted to restart the engine, without success. The pilot then turned his attention to selecting an off-airport landing site, located an open field and turned off all electrical items. The airplane landed hard, and "flipped over on its back." The pilot exited, assisted his wife with her exit, and both walked away from the airplane because they smelled fuel. A passer-by arrived within about 15 minutes, and the local authorities were notified of the accident. The airplane was recovered to a secure location 2 days after the accident.
The pilot held a private pilot certificate with airplane single engine, multiengine land, rotorcraft-helicopter and instrument airplane ratings. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate was issued in February 2013, and his most recent flight review was completed in May 2013. FAA information indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 2009, and was equipped with a Vendenyev M14 series radial engine.
The 1955 automated weather observation at Provo Municipal airport (PVU), Provo, Utah, located about 20 miles south southeast of the accident site, included winds from 190 degrees at 14 knots, visibility 15 miles, a broken cloud layer at 14,000 feet, temperature 23 degrees C, dew point 2 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.84 inches of mercury.
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