NTSB Identification: WPR14LA208
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Mammoth Lakes, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N21048
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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On May 24, 2014, at 1500 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 182P airplane, N21048, experienced a total loss of engine power and executed a forced landing onto a dirt road on the south side of Mammoth Lakes, California. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall during the landing sequence. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the commercial pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 91. The pilot and single passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight originated at Bishop, California.

The pilot stated that while en route to Los Banos, on V231, 10 miles west of RBRTS intersection he lost the number 1 engine cylinder and then quickly experienced a total loss of engine power. He informed air traffic control (ATC) of the situation and diverted southeast towards Yosemite Mammoth Airport, which was 10 miles away. He realized that he was not going to make it to the airport. He turned the airplane into the wind and landed on a dirt road on the south side of the town of Mammoth Lakes. During the landing the right main landing gear collapsed and the engine firewall was damaged.

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