Plane's Last FAA Inspection Was Over Two Decades Ago
The NTSB says a man who crash landed his Bellanca BL-17-30 Super
Viking (file photo below) in Lantana, FL last month wasn't
licensed -- and the plane was 22 years out of inspection.
Allan Schultz, 71, suffered only a broken nose and other slight
injuries when his plane's engine failed on approach to Palm Beach
County Park Airport on November 13. The plane went down in a
residential neighborhood taking out power lines, hitting the roof
of a house and damaging a parked car.
The aircraft was substantially damaged.
A report on the NTSB's website says the Schultz -- not an
Airframe and Powerplant mechanic -- performed all the maintenance
on the aircraft. The plane's last inspection according to its logs
was in January of 1984.
A post-crash inspection revealed no anomalies with the
airplane's fuel, electrical and induction systems. The only fuel
the inspector found in the aircraft or around the crash site was
about six to eight ounces of auto fuel in the plane's right tank.
The aircraft had no STC for the use of auto fuel.
The NTSB report says Schultz's license was suspended in November
of 1996 for unspecified reasons. There was no information on his
pilot experience. The report also says his latest medical exam
was in June of 1996, but not whether he was medically cleared to
According to local reports, it doesn't appear local law
enforcement will pursue criminal charges against Schultz. Sheriff's
spokeswoman Teri Barbera told the Palm Beach Post, "We handle it on
a rescue level. Once they (federal investigators) come on scene,
they take jurisdiction."
It's unclear at this point what action, if any, the FAA will
FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen told the Post, "There is no
criminal investigation whatsoever. We do not enforce criminal
(violations). We do violations of air safety regulations: letters
of warning up to fines to suspensions of a pilot certificate."