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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : 7ko|
airport : 7k0
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 800
|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 : 25|
flight time total : 225
flight time type : 145
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : insufficient time
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
At 5500', 6 mi from 7KO, the engine stopped. After setting best glide and emergency procedures I tried to restart. Fuel gauges showed 1/4 tanks. I selected both and left and right with no effect. I could not make the field, so I made a forced landing. When I departed hagerstown, md, I had tanks topped off. While I watched the lineman fuel the plane I did not look myself, but the gauges which had been fairly accurate read full. I based my flight time on 38 gals usable. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: FAA inspected aircraft 2 days after forced landing. Told reporter they were finished, released aircraft, then went back and removed carburetor and with stick picked up at sight measured fuel in tanks. Wings then removed, fuselage removed to where engine tested. Engine did start up. Reporter knew area well so followed railroad tracks and hoped he would find clear field nearby. Approach at very slow speed, wings clipped low shrub like trees. Damaged wings, flipped aircraft upside down, damaged tail assembly. Fuselage intact. No injuries. FAA sent letter of possible violation of far's. Did not state which far's involved.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ENGINE FAILURE. FORCED LNDG.
Narrative: AT 5500', 6 MI FROM 7KO, THE ENG STOPPED. AFTER SETTING BEST GLIDE AND EMER PROCS I TRIED TO RESTART. FUEL GAUGES SHOWED 1/4 TANKS. I SELECTED BOTH AND LEFT AND RIGHT WITH NO EFFECT. I COULD NOT MAKE THE FIELD, SO I MADE A FORCED LNDG. WHEN I DEPARTED HAGERSTOWN, MD, I HAD TANKS TOPPED OFF. WHILE I WATCHED THE LINEMAN FUEL THE PLANE I DID NOT LOOK MYSELF, BUT THE GAUGES WHICH HAD BEEN FAIRLY ACCURATE READ FULL. I BASED MY FLT TIME ON 38 GALS USABLE. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: FAA INSPECTED ACFT 2 DAYS AFTER FORCED LNDG. TOLD RPTR THEY WERE FINISHED, RELEASED ACFT, THEN WENT BACK AND REMOVED CARBURETOR AND WITH STICK PICKED UP AT SIGHT MEASURED FUEL IN TANKS. WINGS THEN REMOVED, FUSELAGE REMOVED TO WHERE ENG TESTED. ENG DID START UP. RPTR KNEW AREA WELL SO FOLLOWED RAILROAD TRACKS AND HOPED HE WOULD FIND CLEAR FIELD NEARBY. APCH AT VERY SLOW SPD, WINGS CLIPPED LOW SHRUB LIKE TREES. DAMAGED WINGS, FLIPPED ACFT UPSIDE DOWN, DAMAGED TAIL ASSEMBLY. FUSELAGE INTACT. NO INJURIES. FAA SENT LETTER OF POSSIBLE VIOLATION OF FAR'S. DID NOT STATE WHICH FAR'S INVOLVED.
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.