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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : 90or|
airport : 09or
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|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 : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 10|
flight time total : 1165
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : insufficient time
With no warning my engine started running intermittently. I checked mixture, carburetor heat, switched tanks with no improvement. When the engine finally quit I made a landing on the highway with no damage to anyone or myself. Called my mechanic. He suggested I drain all gas sumps which were clear of contamination. Restarted plane. Highway department stopped traffic for departure. Continued on with no more problems. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: reporter has flown this plane for 17 yrs with no problems. Mechanic at destination checked and found nothing. Flew home uneventfully. Own mechanic checked, found nothing. Concensus is that vapor lock occurred. FAA rep came to scene and suggested reporter check highway to see if safe for takeoff. Highway department assisted, stopping traffic.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ENGINE FAILURE, FORCED LNDG.
Narrative: WITH NO WARNING MY ENG STARTED RUNNING INTERMITTENTLY. I CHKED MIXTURE, CARB HEAT, SWITCHED TANKS WITH NO IMPROVEMENT. WHEN THE ENG FINALLY QUIT I MADE A LNDG ON THE HWY WITH NO DAMAGE TO ANYONE OR MYSELF. CALLED MY MECH. HE SUGGESTED I DRAIN ALL GAS SUMPS WHICH WERE CLR OF CONTAMINATION. RESTARTED PLANE. HWY DEPT STOPPED TFC FOR DEP. CONTINUED ON WITH NO MORE PROBS. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: RPTR HAS FLOWN THIS PLANE FOR 17 YRS WITH NO PROBS. MECH AT DEST CHKED AND FOUND NOTHING. FLEW HOME UNEVENTFULLY. OWN MECH CHKED, FOUND NOTHING. CONCENSUS IS THAT VAPOR LOCK OCCURRED. FAA REP CAME TO SCENE AND SUGGESTED RPTR CHK HWY TO SEE IF SAFE FOR TKOF. HWY DEPT ASSISTED, STOPPING TFC.
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.