Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2007 Issue

August 11, 2007, Pascagoula, Miss., Cessna 172C

At 1305 Central time the airplane sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a loss of engine power. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. After the accident, the pilot told investigators the aircraft’s engine began to experience a gradual reduction in rpm while in cruise flight. After unsuccessful attempts to restore power, the pilot determined the only suitable site for a forced landing was an area of reclaimed land. After the aircraft touched down, the nose wheel "got trapped in loose soil" and the aircraft nosed over and came to rest in an inverted position.

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