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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : vnc|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 4500|
msl bound upper : 4500
|Controlling Facilities||tower : smf|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 120|
flight time total : 4100
flight time type : 0
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time total : 50|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
While en route at 4500', the engine suddenly stopped. We made an uneventful forced landing in a low pasture approximately 5 mi to the southeast of the venice airport. As we touched down, we slid through a barbed wire fence and slid to a stop. In the very end we hit a very small ditch which collapsed the nose gear and bent the propeller. Neither PF nor I were hurt. We both were wearing seatbelts and shoulder harnesses and literally did not get a scratch on us. When the sheriff's department came, we gave them all the information they asked for. The reason I am filing the reports is because I fly professionally for airlines and don't want to be held responsible for the forced landing. PF is a licensed private pilot, it's his aircraft, and he was acting as PIC. Even though I have a lot more ratings and experience that he does, he was acting as PIC and was flying the aircraft at all times. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: engine stopped because of trash in fuel system that got in line and completely blocked fuel injector. FAA has classified even as incident. New propeller put on aircraft, but would not develop power, so engine now being rebuilt and aircraft repaired. PF is private pilot with about 50 hours total.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA FORCED LNDG ACCOUNT ENGINE FAILURE. STRUCK DRAINAGE DITCH ON ROLL OUT CAUSING NOSE GEAR COLLAPSE AND BENT PROPELLER.
Narrative: WHILE ENRTE AT 4500', THE ENG SUDDENLY STOPPED. WE MADE AN UNEVENTFUL FORCED LNDG IN A LOW PASTURE APPROX 5 MI TO THE SE OF THE VENICE ARPT. AS WE TOUCHED DOWN, WE SLID THROUGH A BARBED WIRE FENCE AND SLID TO A STOP. IN THE VERY END WE HIT A VERY SMALL DITCH WHICH COLLAPSED THE NOSE GEAR AND BENT THE PROP. NEITHER PF NOR I WERE HURT. WE BOTH WERE WEARING SEATBELTS AND SHOULDER HARNESSES AND LITERALLY DID NOT GET A SCRATCH ON US. WHEN THE sheriff'S DEPT CAME, WE GAVE THEM ALL THE INFO THEY ASKED FOR. THE REASON I AM FILING THE RPTS IS BECAUSE I FLY PROFESSIONALLY FOR AIRLINES AND DON'T WANT TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FORCED LNDG. PF IS A LICENSED PVT PLT, IT'S HIS ACFT, AND HE WAS ACTING AS PIC. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE A LOT MORE RATINGS AND EXPERIENCE THAT HE DOES, HE WAS ACTING AS PIC AND WAS FLYING THE ACFT AT ALL TIMES. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: ENG STOPPED BECAUSE OF TRASH IN FUEL SYS THAT GOT IN LINE AND COMPLETELY BLOCKED FUEL INJECTOR. FAA HAS CLASSIFIED EVEN AS INCIDENT. NEW PROP PUT ON ACFT, BUT WOULD NOT DEVELOP PWR, SO ENG NOW BEING REBUILT AND ACFT REPAIRED. PF IS PVT PLT WITH ABOUT 50 HRS TOTAL.
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.