Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2010 Issue

October 5, 2010, Columbia, S.C., Cessna 182P

The airplane was substantially damaged at about 1545 Eastern time during a forced landing after total loss of engine power. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries and a passenger was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot noted that the oil pressure gauge was below the green arc, and he elected to return. He then noted smoke in the cockpit, followed by a complete loss of engine power. The pilot performed a forced landing to a highway, about 1000 feet south-southeast of Runway 5.

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