Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2001 Issue

Nov. 26, Gainesville, Texas / Piper Malibu

At 23:22 central time, a Piper PA-46-310P made a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Gainesville. The pilot was not injured. The pilot told investigators that when he was approximately 15 to 20 miles north of Gainesville the airplane experienced a “severe” vibration. The engine oil pressure began to rise, then dropped, and the engine lost power. The pilot declared an emergency to Gainesville Municipal Airport Tower and attempted to land at GLE. The airplane came to rest in a grassy field approximately 200 yards from the runway threshold. Investigators found a large hole in the engine crankcase between the #3 and #5 cylinders....

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