Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2006 Issue

June 6, 2006, Pocahontas, Ark. / Christen Eagle I Experimental

The airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power at approximately 0800 Central time. The Airline Transport pilot and sole occupant was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. According to the pilot, he was in cruise flight at 4500 feet msl when he felt a “slight vibration” or “light buzz” from the engine. The engine vibrations lasted for about 15-20 seconds before they became “sharper” and “more pronounced.” The pilot diverted toward the closest airport, but the vibrations increased and began to shake the airplane “violently.” “Some 45 seconds or so after the first indication of a problem, there was a loud bang...and oil covered my canopy, the...

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