|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : c55|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 1000|
agl bound upper : 1000
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 90|
flight time total : 20000
flight time type : 110
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : detected after the fact
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Discussed the event with a deputy director of NTSB to determine the status of the event. She informed me I had no responsibility to file a report due to the limited damage, and the fact that this would not be considered an accident. In cruise on a beautiful, clear morning, approximately 1000 ft AGL, the engine began to sputter. I cycled the fuel valve of the upper tank to the main tank and left it in the xfer position. I began an immediate descent to keep the airspeed above stall and began looking for a suitable landing site. I pushed mixture, propeller and throttle forward in hopes of ignition, to no avail. The descent angle to keep the airspeed above stall was quite steep, affording very little time to assess the problem and troubleshoot. Finding limited choices of landing sites, with altitude decreasing rapidly, I chose to put the aircraft down in a corn field. The corn was at least 8 ft tall and very thick. I was concerned about flipping over once I got into the corn, so I attempted to keep the aircraft airborne as long as possible, and enter at a nose high attitude. This was accomplished, and we landed and came to a stop upright, with no harm done to either myself or my passenger, my wife. The aircraft gear collapsed, but sustained no other structural damage. Why the fuel did not xfer is still unknown. I had used the exact same technique on 3 legs the previous day successfully, and had used the same procedure the entire time I had owned the aircraft, almost 1 yr.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SINGLE ENG BIPLANE AT 1000 FT AGL HAD AN ENG FAILURE FOLLOWED BY A FORCED LNDG OFF ARPT.
Narrative: DISCUSSED THE EVENT WITH A DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NTSB TO DETERMINE THE STATUS OF THE EVENT. SHE INFORMED ME I HAD NO RESPONSIBILITY TO FILE A RPT DUE TO THE LIMITED DAMAGE, AND THE FACT THAT THIS WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AN ACCIDENT. IN CRUISE ON A BEAUTIFUL, CLR MORNING, APPROX 1000 FT AGL, THE ENG BEGAN TO SPUTTER. I CYCLED THE FUEL VALVE OF THE UPPER TANK TO THE MAIN TANK AND LEFT IT IN THE XFER POS. I BEGAN AN IMMEDIATE DSCNT TO KEEP THE AIRSPD ABOVE STALL AND BEGAN LOOKING FOR A SUITABLE LNDG SITE. I PUSHED MIXTURE, PROP AND THROTTLE FORWARD IN HOPES OF IGNITION, TO NO AVAIL. THE DSCNT ANGLE TO KEEP THE AIRSPD ABOVE STALL WAS QUITE STEEP, AFFORDING VERY LITTLE TIME TO ASSESS THE PROB AND TROUBLESHOOT. FINDING LIMITED CHOICES OF LNDG SITES, WITH ALT DECREASING RAPIDLY, I CHOSE TO PUT THE ACFT DOWN IN A CORN FIELD. THE CORN WAS AT LEAST 8 FT TALL AND VERY THICK. I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT FLIPPING OVER ONCE I GOT INTO THE CORN, SO I ATTEMPTED TO KEEP THE ACFT AIRBORNE AS LONG AS POSSIBLE, AND ENTER AT A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE. THIS WAS ACCOMPLISHED, AND WE LANDED AND CAME TO A STOP UPRIGHT, WITH NO HARM DONE TO EITHER MYSELF OR MY PAX, MY WIFE. THE ACFT GEAR COLLAPSED, BUT SUSTAINED NO OTHER STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. WHY THE FUEL DID NOT XFER IS STILL UNKNOWN. I HAD USED THE EXACT SAME TECHNIQUE ON 3 LEGS THE PREVIOUS DAY SUCCESSFULLY, AND HAD USED THE SAME PROC THE ENTIRE TIME I HAD OWNED THE ACFT, ALMOST 1 YR.
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.