April 7, 2010, Ponce, Puerto Rico, Cessna 404


At about 0915 Atlantic time, the airplane was substantially damaged after an in-flight loss of engine power and forced landing. The commercial pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

Shortly after takeoff, at about 200 feet agl, the right engine surged. In response, the pilot feathered the right propeller and advanced the left engines throttle. The airplane was losing altitude, so the pilot elected to land straight ahead in a grassy area beyond the runways departure end. The airplane hit a fence, resulting in structural damage to the wings and fuselage. A cursory examination did not reveal a reason for the power loss.


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