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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162953
Last updated: 29 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BL17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bellanca 17-30A
Registration: N351AE
MSN: 73-30577
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Shelby County Airport (KEET), Alabaster, AL -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Bessemer, AL (EKY)
Destination airport:Alabaster, AL (EET)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot stated that, while en route on the approximate 11-mile flight, the engine began to “stumble” and run roughly. The pilot activated the fuel boost pump, but, shortly thereafter, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot subsequently maneuvered the airplane toward the backyard of a residence. The airplane impacted trees and came to rest inverted, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the right main fuel tank contained about 10.5 gallons of fuel. About 0.5 gallon of fuel was drained from the left main fuel tank. The auxiliary fuel tank contained no fuel, and the gascolator was absent of fuel. The engine-driven fuel pump line and return fuel line were absent of fuel. Postaccident examination of the engine revealed no anomalies. During a test run, the engine started on the first attempt, accelerated smoothly, and advanced through all power settings with no anomalies observed. Although the airplane’s fuel selector was found set to the right main tank position during postaccident examination, based on the lack of fuel in the fuel lines and gascolator, it is likely that it was set to the left main or the auxiliary fuel tank during the flight and moved to the right main tank position just before or after impact.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s improper fuel management, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

26 Mar 2021 N93638 Hatch Transportation LLC 0 Bessemer Municipal Airport (EKY/KEKY), AL sub


Revision history:

01-Jan-2014 22:55 Geno Added
02-Jan-2014 16:57 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator]
16-Jan-2014 03:40 Geno Updated [Time, Nature, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 13:21 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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