According to the pilot, during the initial climb for the personal flight, when the North American T6 was about 150 to 250 feet above the ground near Naples, Florida, the engine lost all power.
He lowered the landing gear, maintained flying airspeed, and then landed the airplane in the grass right of the runway.
The airplane subsequently hit a runway distance remaining sign and came to a stop.
The pilot reported that there were 113 gallons of fuel on board the airplane at takeoff, and post-accident examination revealed that there was an adequate supply of fuel in the fuel tanks.
However, during examination of the engine fuel system components, no fuel was found in the fuel line from the outlet of the mechanical fuel pump to the fuel flow transducer nor at the carburetor inlet fitting, consistent with fuel starvation.
Further examination of the engine and remaining components of the fuel system revealed no evidence of a mechanical malfunction or failure, and the reason for the fuel interruption to the engine could not be determined.
The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause as the total loss of engine power during the initial climb due to fuel starvation for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examinations of the airframe and engine fuel system components revealed no evidence of a mechanical malfunction or failure.
NTSB Identification: ERA15LA030
This October 2014 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.