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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : 4q5|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 400|
agl bound upper : 400
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 120|
flight time total : 880
flight time type : 45
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
On final for runway 22 at approximately 400 AGL and approximately 1/4-1/2 mi out the engine began to sputter then it died. As soon as this happened I pitched for the best glide and dropped the flaps. After that I began my flow check to ensure the mixture was rich, fuel on both, propeller high RPM, etc. One thing I did not do was put the carburetor heat to warm, but by now it was too late for that and I needed to worry about flying the plane. I then proceeded to inform my passenger to prepare for a crash landing when I noted that with the 20-25 mph headwind, I was not going to make the runway, instead I was going to hit a row of power lines crossing the approach. After noting this I proceeded to pitch down to increase my airspeed which I used to keep over the power lines. When over the lines my airspeed was reduced to approximately 40-45 mph and the airplane was basically in a controled fall to the ground. Before impact I flared to minimized impact. The aircraft made a 3 point landing, bounced, then ran into a log (parking lot barrier) in a gravel airport parking lot. There was no damage to the ground. I then instructed my passenger to exit the aircraft and in turn helped her. We exited the aircraft without injury and there was no fire. The plane suffered some damage. After the incident I approximated that there was about 14 gallons of fuel in the left tank.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ENG FAILURE, CARB ICE, FORCED LNDG OFF ARPT.
Narrative: ON FINAL FOR RWY 22 AT APPROX 400 AGL AND APPROX 1/4-1/2 MI OUT THE ENG BEGAN TO SPUTTER THEN IT DIED. AS SOON AS THIS HAPPENED I PITCHED FOR THE BEST GLIDE AND DROPPED THE FLAPS. AFTER THAT I BEGAN MY FLOW CHK TO ENSURE THE MIXTURE WAS RICH, FUEL ON BOTH, PROP HIGH RPM, ETC. ONE THING I DID NOT DO WAS PUT THE CARB HEAT TO WARM, BUT BY NOW IT WAS TOO LATE FOR THAT AND I NEEDED TO WORRY ABOUT FLYING THE PLANE. I THEN PROCEEDED TO INFORM MY PAX TO PREPARE FOR A CRASH LNDG WHEN I NOTED THAT WITH THE 20-25 MPH HEADWIND, I WAS NOT GOING TO MAKE THE RWY, INSTEAD I WAS GOING TO HIT A ROW OF PWR LINES XING THE APCH. AFTER NOTING THIS I PROCEEDED TO PITCH DOWN TO INCREASE MY AIRSPD WHICH I USED TO KEEP OVER THE PWR LINES. WHEN OVER THE LINES MY AIRSPD WAS REDUCED TO APPROX 40-45 MPH AND THE AIRPLANE WAS BASICALLY IN A CTLED FALL TO THE GND. BEFORE IMPACT I FLARED TO MINIMIZED IMPACT. THE ACFT MADE A 3 POINT LNDG, BOUNCED, THEN RAN INTO A LOG (PARKING LOT BARRIER) IN A GRAVEL ARPT PARKING LOT. THERE WAS NO DAMAGE TO THE GND. I THEN INSTRUCTED MY PAX TO EXIT THE ACFT AND IN TURN HELPED HER. WE EXITED THE ACFT WITHOUT INJURY AND THERE WAS NO FIRE. THE PLANE SUFFERED SOME DAMAGE. AFTER THE INCIDENT I APPROXIMATED THAT THERE WAS ABOUT 14 GALLONS OF FUEL IN THE L TANK.
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.