The airplane collided with rough terrain at about 1630 Mountain time, following a total loss of engine power during cruise flight and subsequent forced landing. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual conditions prevailed.
The pilot later stated that, while cruising at about 2000 feet agl, the engine suddenly lost power. He switched the fuel selector handle from the ‘Both’ position to the ‘Right’ position, knowing the right wing gauge read about half a tank. Despite his efforts, the pilot could not restart the engine and the airplane touched down on the rough terrain. The nose landing gear dug in and the airplane nosed over, resulting in damage to the firewall, vertical stabilizer and rudder.