FAA says engine failure to blame for New Year's Day plane crash in Alabaster

The FAA released a preliminary report saying engine failure was to blame for a small plane crash in Alabaster, January 1, 2014. (

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that engine failure was to blame for a New Year's Day plane crash in Alabaster.

According to a released preliminary report obtained by ABC 33/40 report Sarah Snyder, the Bellanca 17-30A aircraft was en route from the Bessemer airport to the Shelby County airport when, according to the pilot, the engine began to "run rough" at an elevation of 2,600 feet. In response to the engine problem, the pilot activated the fuel boost pump, but a short time later, the engine completely shut down, sending the plane into a rapid descent.

Just prior to the crash, the pilot managed to maneuver the plane toward a row of trees in the Alabaster neighborhood Thompson Plantation before crashing into a backyard of a home, which was unoccupied at the time.

The pilot suffered only minor injuries in the incident.

Click here to read a neighbor's account of the crash.