March 29, 2008, Elizabeth, Colo., Cessna P210N


The airplane sustained substantial damage during a forced landing at 1654 Mountain time, following a loss of engine power. The commercial pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed for the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, while descending through 8500 feet, the engine “began vibrating and broke.” The pilot then attempted a forced landing to a gravel road. Due to the airplanes altitude at the time of the engine failure, the pilot elected to land the airplane on the road with the landing gear retracted. Subsequently, the airplane impacted the side of the gravel road, traveled across the road, struck a ditch, and skidded on the fuselage bottom for approximately 75 feet where it came to rest upright in a residential yard. Examination of the airplane by local authorities revealed the airplanes fuel tanks contained a total of 50 gallons of fuel.


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