Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2012 Issue

November 18, 2011, New Orleans, La., Cirrus Design Corp. SR20

At 1030 Central time, the airplane sustained substantial damage when it ditched in Lake Ponchartrain after a total loss of engine power shortly after takeoff. The air transport-rated pilot sustained minor injuries. Instrument conditions prevailed and an IFR flight plan was in effect. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot observed the No. 2 cylinder head temperature rapidly increase followed by a drop in oil pressure. The pilot turned back and requested short vectors for an instrument approach. When the airplane was about four miles from the runway, the engine “blew” and the propeller stopped.

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