The pilot was conducting a personal flight in his experimental Long EZ.
While in cruise flight, the airplane “violently began shuddering,” and the pilot immediately shut down the engine and attempted an emergency landing. The airplane was unable to reach the selected runway and landed about 200′ short of the runway threshold in a rough, grassy area in Eufaula, Alabama.
After exiting the airplane, the pilot discovered that a portion of the trailing edge of the wood propeller had separated and penetrated the lower half of the right rudder control surface.[Read more…]