NTSB Identification: WPR13LA321
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in Fallon, NV
Aircraft: RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY A36, registration: N517DJ
Injuries: 4 Minor.

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On July 10, 2013, about 0445 Pacific daylight time (PDT), a Raytheon Aircraft Company, A36, N517DJ, during initial climbout experienced a catastrophic engine failure, resulting in an off airport landing near Fallon Municipal Airport (FLX), Fallon, Nevada. Silver Sage Aviation, was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135. The commercial pilot, and three passengers sustained minor injuries; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The cross-country business flight was departing Fallon, Nevada, about 0445, with a planned destination of Dixie Valley, Nevada. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that during climbout the airplane engine lost power and he attempted to return to FLX, but was unable to make it, and made a forced landing in the desert adjacent to FLX.

During recovery of the airplane it was noted that there was a breach of the engine case adjacent to the number five cylinder. The airplane was recovered for further examination.

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