On July 31st three individuals were flying from the Twin Cities in Minnesota to Oshkosh for the 2009 EAA Airventure show when the plane lost power and crashed into the garage of a home near the Jackson County Airport. The Cessna 177RG, N2108Q was being flown in VFR (Visual Meteorological Conditions) when the private pilot performed a forced landing resulting in substantial damage to the aircraft but only minor injuries to one of the three passengers on board the aircraft at the time of the accident.
While it is unfortunate that the aircraft struck a garage during the forced landing, the pilot performed well in executing a forced landing with no serious injuries to anyone on board the aircraft or on the ground. The pilot had filed a VFR flight plan. According to the pilot the engine failed and oil spilled out all over the windscreen covering all but a small portion on the left side. Unfortunately he circled too wide of the airport to make the runway and although he maintained the best glide speed and extended the landing gear missing the runway. This accident points out one of the reasons for and advantages of the FAA required biennial flight review, and the importance of familiarity with the gliding characteristics of any aircraft you fly. While close enough to have made the airport the pilot misjudged the ability of the aircraft to glide as far as he needed to make the runway. The next time you fly think about this, and make sure you practice forced landings from time to time - you never know when you may need that skill. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7
Flying is inherently dangerous. We like to gloss that over with clever rhetoric and comforting statistics, but these facts remain: gravity is constant and powerful, and speed kills. In combination, they are particularly destructive.
— Dan Manningham, 'Business and Commercial Aviation' magazine