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NTSB Identification: CEN09CA391
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 24, 2009 in Mena, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2009
Aircraft: SHULTZ JEFFREY D SONEX, registration: N604X
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The private pilot established a descent from a cruise altitude of 8,500 feet for an approach and landing to refuel on the second leg of a cross-country flight. At an altitude of about 5,000 feet, the engine stopped producing power. The pilot attempted to restore power by adjusting the throttle, mixture, and magnetos. The engine lost power completely. The pilot then attempted a restart and was unsuccessful. A forced landing was made to an open field between two rows of houses. During the landing roll, the airplane's wings hit a stop sign and several trees. According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector on scene, the engine had compression, turned over by hand, and showed no outward signs of failure. No reason could be determined for the loss of engine power.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The total loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.