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Accident Report — Fatigue failure of the No. 4 engine cylinder head results in a loss of engine power — Cessna 206

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About 1415 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 206 airplane sustained substantial damage during a forced landing shortly after takeoff from the Homer Airport, Homer, Alaska. The airplane was being operated as scheduled domestic commuter flight. The commercial pilot was not injured; the two passengers sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and company flight following procedures were in effect.

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on March 23, the pilot reported that just after takeoff from Runway 3, as the airplane climbed to 300 feet above the runway, the engine began to run rough, lose power, and vibrate violently. Unable to restore engine power, he turned the airplane left, 180 degrees, to attempt an emergency landing on Runway 21, but the airplane continued to descend, and collided with an area of snow-covered terrain about 500 feet north of Runway 21. It came to rest inverted, sustaining substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage. more

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