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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : i76|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 832|
agl bound upper : 832
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 9|
flight time total : 442
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : unable
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
After lift off I continued climbing and then suddenly began losing engine RPM's. I was unable to maintain altitude and airspeed. With power lines approaching, I elected to go under the lines and land in a neighbors cornfield. There were no injuries to my passenger nor to myself. Damage to the aircraft was minimal. The left main gear leg broke and the nose gear buckled under. No other damage was done. The reason I was losing engine RPM's was because a slug of dirt was lodged in the main jet of the carburetor. I did not have an ELT on board the home-built experimental aircraft.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF HOMEBUILT ACFT EXPERIENCES ENGINE FAILURE AFTER TAKEOFF AND EXECUTES FORCED APCH. ACFT NOT EQUIPPED WITH ELT.
Narrative: AFTER LIFT OFF I CONTINUED CLBING AND THEN SUDDENLY BEGAN LOSING ENG RPM'S. I WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN ALT AND AIRSPD. WITH PWR LINES APCHING, I ELECTED TO GO UNDER THE LINES AND LAND IN A NEIGHBORS CORNFIELD. THERE WERE NO INJURIES TO MY PAX NOR TO MYSELF. DAMAGE TO THE ACFT WAS MINIMAL. THE L MAIN GEAR LEG BROKE AND THE NOSE GEAR BUCKLED UNDER. NO OTHER DAMAGE WAS DONE. THE REASON I WAS LOSING ENG RPM'S WAS BECAUSE A SLUG OF DIRT WAS LODGED IN THE MAIN JET OF THE CARBURETOR. I DID NOT HAVE AN ELT ON BOARD THE HOME-BUILT EXPERIMENTAL ACFT.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 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.