August 18, Rock Springs, Wyo. / Piper Turbo Lance


At 07:30 mountain time, a Piper PA-32RT-300 made an emergency landing on a dirt road approximately 30 miles northeast of Rock Springs after losing engine power. The pilot and his three passengers were not injured. The cross-country flight had been in the air for one hour and 15 minutes when the engine failed catastrophically, coating the windshield with oil. Because of reduced vision and the unknown condition of the roadway, the pilot elected to land with the gear retracted.


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