Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2002 Issue

January 06, Sturgis, Mich. / Cessna Chancellor

At 12:30 eastern time, a Cessna 414A crashed during a forced landing in a corn field after attempting a single-engine missed approach to Kirsch Municipal Airport. The pilot and one passenger reported minor injuries, the second passenger was uninjured. The pilot said the right engine lost power at about 4,300 feet shortly after departure from Kirsch. He received radar vectors for a return to the airport, during which time the airplane lost altitude at 100-150 fpm. The pilot flew the NDB 18 approach and found the airplane too high for a landing, so he missed the approach and feathered the right prop. He was unable to avoid obstructions and opted to make a forced landing....

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