NTSB Identification: ERA14LA179
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 03, 2014 in Clayton, AL
Aircraft: CESSNA T210L, registration: N1631X
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 3, 2014 about 1530 central daylight time, a Cessna T210L, N1631X, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a road following a total loss of engine power near Clayton, Alabama. The flight instructor (CFI ) was not injured and the pilot receiving instruction received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed for the instructional flight that was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight departed Valdosta Regional Airport (VLD), Valdosta, Georgia about 1510 eastern daylight time and was destined for Tuscaloosa Regional Airport (TCL), Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

According to the CFI, after departing from VLD and completing a climb to 6,000 feet above mean sea level, the engine fuel flow was lower than expected for the flight with relation to the setting of the carburetor mixture control. The pilot receiving instruction added that about an hour into the flight, and about 15 minutes after transferring fuel, the engine "clunked and shuddered." The CFI assumed control of the airplane, maneuvered the airplane towards a nearby airport, and the pilot receiving instruction initiated an unsuccessful restart of the engine. Both pilots reported that the engine oil pressure and propeller rpm both indicated zero, and the manifold pressure was about 17psi. After determining that the airplane was not going to make the airport, the CFI selected a grass field and then switched to a road after discovering powerlines spanning across the field. The pilot receiving instruction declared an emergency with Air Traffic Control (Atlanta Center) just prior to the CFI executing a forced landing to the road.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the engine firewall was crushed aft and that both wings were substantially damaged.

The airplane's engine and a portable GPS unit were retained by the NTSB for further examination.

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