August 16, 2012, Holton, Kan., Piper PA-24-260 Comanche


The pilot made a forced landing on a rural road at 2154 Central time. The pilot and a pilot-rated passenger were seriously injured. Another passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. Visual conditions prevailed.

While en route, the pilot reported to ATC the propeller was overspeeding, there was smoke in the cockpit, the engine was losing power and he couldn’t maintain altitude. The pilot attempted to land on a rural road but clipped trees and impacted a ditch.


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