June 30, Albany, Ga. / Bellanca Viking


At about 15:20 eastern time, a Bellanca 17-30A lost power and crashed while attempting a forced landing near Albany. The pilot and check pilot were seriously injured. The flight had originated from Albany about five minutes earlier. The pilot stated that he was receiving a biennial flight review and that he was currently out of biennial flight review. All fuel tanks were full at departure. He said that, while climbing through 2,000 feet, he switched the fuel selector from the left main tank to the right auxiliary tank and the engine immediately quit. He said the check pilot noticed the fuel flow gauge read zero. The pilot turned toward a field to make a forced landing but struck trees 150 yards short of the field.


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