About 35 minutes into the cross-country flight, the Cessna T210M’s engine lost power, and the airplane started to descend near Scipio, Utah.
Although the engine lost power when the airplane was flying directly over, and in line with, a wide road, which would have provided ample space for a safe landing, the pilot was unable to land the airplane on the road.
Instead, he performed a forced landing to a field adjacent to the road. The airplane hit a fence and sustained substantial damage; none of the five occupants were injured.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as a total loss of engine power during cruise flight for reasons that could not be determined because post-accident examination did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.
NTSB Identification: WPR14LA036
This October 2013 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.