NTSB Identification: WPR13LA015
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 18, 2012 in Phoenix, AZ
Aircraft: BEECH N35, registration: N671VC
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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On October 18, 2012, at 1040 mountain standard time, a Hawker Beechcraft N35, N671VC, experienced a loss of engine power while en route to Phoenix Deer Valley Airport, Phoenix, Arizona. The pilot conducted a forced landing 20 miles northwest of Deer Valley Airport in desert terrain. The private pilot operated the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 91. The pilot was not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated at Prescott, Arizona, at 1009.
The pilot reported that he had just made contact with Phoenix Approach Control and was over mountainous terrain when he noticed the engine oil pressure was below 30 psi. He determined that the closest suitable airport was his destination airport, Deer Valley, and continued to that airport. Shortly after that, the engine oil pressure dropped to zero and the engine began to shake violently. He shut down the engine, declared an emergency, and pushed the 'nearest' button on the GPS, which indicated Pleasant Vally Airport as the closest airport. He turned towards Pleasant Valley Airport but he did not have enough altitude to glide all the way to the airport. The pilot executed a forced landing in desert terrain about 8 miles west of Pleasant Valley Airport. During the landing the airplane sustained substantial damage to the nose and left wing. Post landing photos show oil and dirt streaks along the left side of the airplane originating from the vicinity of the engine cowling.
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