October 17, 2010, Farmingdale, N.Y., Siai-Marchetti S.205/22R


At about 0900 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing after loss of engine power. The commercial pilot and two passengers sustained serious injuries. One passenger was killed. Visual conditions prevailed.

At 0828, the pilot aborted takeoff and taxied to parking. At 0843, the pilot requested a taxi clearance and the airplane departed at 0851. At 0855, the airplane was cleared for a touch-and-go landing. At 0857, while on final approach, the pilot requested a go-around. The tower controller asked the pilot if he was experiencing a problem with the airplane, and the pilot replied “no.” The airplane was subsequently cleared for a low approach to the runway. Instead, when the airplane was about 400 to 500 feet above the runway, it experienced a gradual, total loss of engine power. The pilot later stated he attempted a forced landing to a road; however, the airplane struck trees and four parked vehicles, before coming to rest. The pilot further reported aborting the initial takeoff due to a low cylinder temperature indication. A pilot-rated passenger reported the engine was running rough during the aborted takeoff and was “missing and surging” during the approach.


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