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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : otm|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 4500|
msl bound upper : 4500
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zau|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 120|
flight time total : 11475
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : unable
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
In 2/89 during a flight (VFR) to osceola, ia, in my own small aircraft, I experienced an engine failure and landed in a field 1/2 mile south of unionville, ia. I departed K27 with full tanks of fuel and 50 minutes later, aircraft appeared to fail due to fuel starvation. After all attempts of starting failed, I landed in the most suitable field covered with snow. Unfortunately, a small draw in the middle covered with snow sheared off the nose gear. My son and his friend both 14 years old were passengers. There were no injuries. I notified the fort dodge FSS within the hour. I suspect some sort of fuel problem.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ENGINE FAILURE ON SMA IN CRUISE. ACFT SUFFERED MINOR DAMAGE ON FORCED LNDG. NO INJURIES.
Narrative: IN 2/89 DURING A FLT (VFR) TO OSCEOLA, IA, IN MY OWN SMA, I EXPERIENCED AN ENG FAILURE AND LANDED IN A FIELD 1/2 MILE SOUTH OF UNIONVILLE, IA. I DEPARTED K27 WITH FULL TANKS OF FUEL AND 50 MINUTES LATER, ACFT APPEARED TO FAIL DUE TO FUEL STARVATION. AFTER ALL ATTEMPTS OF STARTING FAILED, I LANDED IN THE MOST SUITABLE FIELD COVERED WITH SNOW. UNFORTUNATELY, A SMALL DRAW IN THE MIDDLE COVERED WITH SNOW SHEARED OFF THE NOSE GEAR. MY SON AND HIS FRIEND BOTH 14 YEARS OLD WERE PAXS. THERE WERE NO INJURIES. I NOTIFIED THE FORT DODGE FSS WITHIN THE HOUR. I SUSPECT SOME SORT OF FUEL PROBLEM.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.