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NTSB Report: Lancair Pilot Gets a Gold Star for Engine-Out Operations

The NTSB has put out a preliminary report regarding a recent incident involving a Columbia 350 that incurred substantial damage following an engine failure. Luckily, the pilot in command was on the ball, and managed to shepherd the ailing aircraft through instrument conditions and back to the field in relative safety. “As the airplane climbed through 2,300 ft, the pilot established communications with Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center. About one minute later he noticed a change in engine noise, with an accompanying vibration. The engine monitor indicated the cylinder head temperature for cylinder no. 6 was rising, and a short time later the engine lost all power and appeared to seize.

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