NTSB Identification: CEN10LA449
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 01, 2010 in Santa Fe, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/14/2012
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N52708
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he had just departed the airport when the engine completely lost oil pressure. Shortly afterward, the engine seized. The pilot performed a forced landing on a nearby mesa. During the descent, smoke was present both inside and outside the cockpit, with the majority of the smoke outside. During landing, the airplane impacted a short rock wall. When the pilot and passenger exited the airplane, smoke and flames were coming from the engine compartment. Most of the airplane was consumed during the ensuing fire. The airplane had experienced an oil leak; the oil cooler had been replaced the day before the accident. A postaccident examination of the wreckage did not reveal the source of an oil leak.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

A total loss of engine power following a loss of oil pressure for undetermined reasons.

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