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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : lgb|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 600|
agl bound upper : 600
|Controlling Facilities||tower : lgb|
|Make Model Name||Helicopter|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 30|
flight time total : 7000
flight time type : 10
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : overcame equipment problem|
flight crew : declared emergency
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
After departing long beach airport eastbound, in an small aircraft Y helicopter, I experienced engine failure. I autorotated to a street, san antonio ave. While en route down I broadcasted 3 maydays. After successfully landing I determined the cause of the engine failure and took off. When airborne I contacted the tower and advised them I was okay and was returning to my base at rialto airport where I would contact them by phone. Upon arrival at rialto I called long beach tower and gave my name and answered several questions. No damage or injuries were sustained. The reason for the engine failure was: it was very hot, I reached down to pull open an air vent valve, rather than the air vent handle I pulled the fuel valve handle out and into the closed position which caused the engine failure. The aircraft I usually fly, an small aircraft X, has an air vent in the same area as the small aircraft Y has a fuel valve.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: INADVERTENTLY SHUT OFF FUEL VALVE AND LANDED HELICOPTER ON FOUR LANE BOULEVARD.
Narrative: AFTER DEPARTING LONG BEACH ARPT EBND, IN AN SMA Y HELI, I EXPERIENCED ENG FAILURE. I AUTOROTATED TO A STREET, SAN ANTONIO AVE. WHILE ENRTE DOWN I BROADCASTED 3 MAYDAYS. AFTER SUCCESSFULLY LNDG I DETERMINED THE CAUSE OF THE ENG FAILURE AND TOOK OFF. WHEN AIRBORNE I CONTACTED THE TWR AND ADVISED THEM I WAS OKAY AND WAS RETURNING TO MY BASE AT RIALTO ARPT WHERE I WOULD CONTACT THEM BY PHONE. UPON ARR AT RIALTO I CALLED LONG BEACH TWR AND GAVE MY NAME AND ANSWERED SEVERAL QUESTIONS. NO DAMAGE OR INJURIES WERE SUSTAINED. THE REASON FOR THE ENG FAILURE WAS: IT WAS VERY HOT, I REACHED DOWN TO PULL OPEN AN AIR VENT VALVE, RATHER THAN THE AIR VENT HANDLE I PULLED THE FUEL VALVE HANDLE OUT AND INTO THE CLOSED POS WHICH CAUSED THE ENG FAILURE. THE ACFT I USUALLY FLY, AN SMA X, HAS AN AIR VENT IN THE SAME AREA AS THE SMA Y HAS A FUEL VALVE.
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.