On March 28, 1993, at 1630 eastern standard time, a Rockwell Lark, N4017X, sustained substantial damage when the pilot made an off-airport forced landing near Topinabee, Michigan. The private pilot and his sole passenger were not injured. The personal flight originated at the Cheboygan City-County Airport at 1615. No flight plan was filed, and visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.

The pilot reported a complete loss of engine power while in cruise flight. He made a forced landing on a rural road, and the right wing of the airplane struck a tree during landing rollout.

The Federal Aviation Administration inspector who examined the airplane reported the oil pressure gauge line was broken, and oil covered the full length of the fuselage.

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