NTSB Identification: WPR13LA224
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 29, 2013 in Lakeport, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N20800
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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On April 29, 2013, about 1215 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172M, N20800, landed in a vineyard near Lakeport, California, following a loss of engine power. The airplane was registered to Air Ward, Inc., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The commercial pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The local flight departed Lampson Field Airport, Lakeport, California, about 1200. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported performing an uneventful preflight check, engine run up, and departure. During the initial climb to 4,000 feet, the engine began to make a rumbling sound, and its speed reduced to about 1,800 rpm. The pilot adjusted the fuel mixture control, and confirmed the fuel selector valve was set to both tanks; however, the airplane would not maintain the climb. He subsequently turned the airplane back towards Lampson Field, and about 3 minutes after the initial anomaly, the engine lost all power.

The pilot set the airplane's airspeed to best glide, and performed a forced landing into a vineyard. The airplane struck a trellis, and sustained substantial damage to both wings.

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