On October 16, 1994, at 1845 eastern daylight time, N1601Z, a S M A N Hydroplum Petre homebuilt airplane, crashed in a bean field in Center Village, Ohio, while on final approach during a power-off forced landing following a loss of engine power during climb. The certificated private pilot received minor injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The local, personal flight was operated under 14 CFR 91 and originated at August Acres a private grass strip in Center Village.

The pilot reported that he flew down the runway for picture taking purposes. He stated that during climb out at 500 feet above the ground and 3/4 mile from the airport the engine lost power. He stated that during the forced landing the airplane impacted in a freshly cut corn field.

The aircraft was examined by an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector. The examination revealed that the engine driven fuel pump was inoperable.

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