April 27, 2012, Cloverdale, Calif., Bellanca 17-30A Super Viking


The airplane sustained substantial damage following a loss of engine power and off-field landing at about 1032 Pacific time. The commercial pilot received minor injuries. Visual conditions prevailed.

As the airplane climbed through about 2000 feet, the engine suddenly stopped developing power. The pilot reportedly switched to the auxiliary fuel tank shortly before the engine quit. The pilot turned back toward the airport to land on the departure runway. However, the airplane descended faster than anticipated and airplane landed in a vineyard about one-quarter mile short of the runway.


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