Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: None. Location: Pickens, S.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: A few minutes after leveling the airplane at a cruise altitude of 9,000 feet MSL, the pilot felt the engine slightly vibrate and noticed the propeller rpm began to rise rapidly. The oil pressure warning light illuminated. After unsuccessfully troubleshooting the engine problems, he shut down the engine and declared an emergency.