NTSB Identification: CEN14LA204
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 18, 2014 in Searcy, AR
Aircraft: CESSNA 210A, registration: N9421X
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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On April 18, 2014, about 1445 central daylight time, a Cessna 210A airplane, N9421X, collided with terrain during a forced landing near Searcy, Arkansas. The private pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by Arkansas Pilots for Christ under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The flight departed the Red Oak Airport (4AR2) about 1430.

According to the pilot, the takeoff and departure were uneventful until they smelled smoke and saw smoke coming from the right corner of the cockpit instrument panel. They turned off the avionics and diverted to the Searcy Municipal Airport (KSRC), Searcy, Arkansas. While flying to KSRC, the engine initially experienced a partial loss of engine power before the engine seized. The airplane was unable to glide to the airport, so the pilot maneuvered to a nearby field. During the landing roll, the nose gear struck an unseen obstruction and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

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