NTSB Identification: ERA13LA112
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, January 11, 2013 in Brandon, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA T182, registration: N9454H
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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On January 11, 2013, about 1550 eastern standard time, a Cessna T182, N9454H, experienced a total loss of engine power during climb to cruise altitude, and the pilot made a forced landing in a field near Brandon Florida. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. The airplane was registered to N9454H, Inc and was operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed for the flight from Peter O Knight Airport (TPF), Tampa, Florida, to Opa-Locka Executive Airport (OPF), Miami, Florida.
The pilot reported that during climb, about 3000 feet mean sea level, the airplane began to "shutter and vibrate violently" and oil covered the windscreen. He selected a field in a populated area, which had utility poles along the edge as well as across the middle of the field. Due to the lack of forward visibility, and his attempt to avoid utility wires, he maneuvered the airplane as low as possible to the ground. During the landing the airplane impacted the ground in a flat pitch attitude, with all three landing gear simultaneously.
Initial examination of the engine by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the No. 2 cylinder had a hole in the engine crankcase. Oil was observed on the windscreen, cowling, and horizontal stabilizer. Buckling was noted on the left wing. The pilot reported that during the preflight inspection the oil indicated 6 quarts.
The engine was retained for further examination.
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