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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133417
Last updated: 16 October 2019
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Type:Bellanca 14-9
Registration: N25310
C/n / msn: 1032
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lakeland, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB

On July 20, 1994, about 1407 eastern daylight time, a Bellanca 14-9, NC25310, registered to Ronald E. Carpenter, operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 maintenance flight sustained a total loss of engine power on initial takeoff climb from the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland, Florida. The pilot initiated a forced landing, collided with wires, and crashed in an open field. The airplane was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries. The flight originated about 4 minutes before the accident.

Air traffic control specialists on duty in the Lakeland Air Traffic Control Tower stated NC25310 taxied to runway 9, and entered the active runway without clearance. Radio contact was established with the pilot and a takeoff clearance was issued. The airplane was observed by tower personnel in a left descending turn. The airplane collided with electrical transmission lines near the east airport boundary and crashed.

A witness located adjacent to the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, in Warring Industrial Park heard an airplane with its engine sputtering. He looked up and saw an airplane at about 300 feet agl. The airplane was observed in a steep left turn, descending, and the propeller had stopped turning. The airplane continued to descend towards a warehouse complex located at 2920 Parkway Drive. The left main landing gear and the left wing collided with power lines. The nose of the airplane pitched down, the power lines separated, and the airplane collided with the ground. A postcrash fire was observed near the right rear section of the engine firewall. The witness ran across the street to the airplane, extinguished the fire with a portable fire extinguisher, and assisted the injured pilot until emergency personnel arrived at the crash scene.

An employee at the Lakeland Water and Electric Department stated, records indicate a power interruption occurred at station number 16811, located at the dead end street on Parkway Drive at 1407.


The Federal Aviation Administration records, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, revealed the pilot was involved in an aircraft accident on February 25, 1994, in Brandon, Florida. The engine quit and the pilot made a forced landing. On landing rollout the airplane nosed over. Water was found in the fuel. The pilot was involved in another accident in Kingston, New Hampshire, in September 1987. The accident was attributed to a mechanical failure of the engine. (For additional information pertaining to the pilot-in-command, Ronald E. Carpenter, is contained in NTSB Form 6120.4).


The airplane did not have a current annual inspection and a special airworthiness certificate (ferry permit) had not been issued by the FAA. The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) was in the off position, and the antenna was not installed. The aircraft airworthiness certificate and registration certificate was not in the airplane. The magnetic compass did not have a current compass card. Review of the Type Design Data for the Bellanca Model 14-9 revealed no shutoff valve is installed in the engine oil supply line. The owner installed the oil shutoff valve, and could not present any evidence of approval from the FAA for the installation. The airplane logbooks were requested for review, but were not provided by the registered owner.


Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. For additional information see NTSB Form 6120.4.


The wreckage of NC25310 was located in an open field west of 2920 Parkway Drive in Warring Industrial Park, Lakeland, Florida.

Examination of the crash site revealed the main landing gear and left wing of the airplane collided with three one-phase transformer electrical lines and one neutral line separating the lines, and the top 8 feet of the telephone


NTSB id 20001206X01802

Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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