NTSB Identification: WPR14LA240
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 05, 2014 in Rock Springs, WY
Aircraft: CESSNA T207A, registration: N323JC
Injuries: 2 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 May 5, 2014, about 1330 mountain daylight time, a Cessna T207A, N323JC, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a reported loss of engine power, near the Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport (RKS) Rock Springs, Wyoming. The airplane was registered and operated by Aero-Graphics Inc., under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the aerial observation flight. The flight originated from Evanston-Uinta County Airport-Burns Field, Evanston, Wyoming, at an undetermined time, with a destination of RKS.

The pilot reported that during cruise flight, about 9,500 feet mean sea level (msl), the engine lost power, and he was unable to restart the engine. The pilot stated that when he realized that he would not be able to make the airport, he initiated a forced landing in a nearby clearing. The airplane came to rest upright, in a field about 15 miles northwest from RKS.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the engine firewall sustained substantial damage. The airplane was recovered to a local storage facility for further examination.

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