NTSB Identification: WPR14LA207
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Arvin, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N97038
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 May 24, 2104, at 1211 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 182 airplane, N97038, experienced a total loss of engine power and force landed in a field one mile south of Arvin, California. During the off airport landing the airplane nosed over, substantially damaging the tail and left lift strut. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the commercial pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 91, as a personal flight. Both the pilot and his single passenger received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed during the flight, and a visual flight plan was not filed. The flight originated at Corona Municipal Airport, Corona, California.

The pilot told the fire chief who was on-scene that they initially noticed the engine losing oil pressure, then experienced smoke in the cockpit followed by a loss of engine power. The pilot executed a forced landing in an open field. During the landing sequence the airplane nosed over.

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