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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 263741
Last updated: 11 September 2021
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Type:Aero Commander 100
Registration: N5573M
MSN: 107
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Mullin, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Abilene Regional Airport, TX (ABI/KABI)
Destination airport:Private airstrip, Mullin TX
On January 4, 2020, about 1600 central standard time, an Aero Commander 100 airplane, N5573M,
sustained substantial damage during a forced landing to a field near Mullin, Texas. The left seat student
pilot and the right seat certificated flight instructor (CFI) sustained no injury. The airplane was
registered to the student pilot and was operated by the CFI under the provisions of Title 14 Code of
Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules instructional flight.

The CFI reported the purpose of the flight was for the student pilot to satisfy the solo flight requirements
at an airport with an air traffic control tower. The airplane was topped off with 100 low lead fuel before
takeoff, for a total of 40 gallons. The airplane was destined for the CFI's private airstrip in Mullin,
Texas. About three miles out from the airstrip, the CFI initiated a slow descent. The student pilot
completed the descent and the before landing checklist. At about 3,000 ft above mean sea level, the
engine ceased producing power.

After the complete loss of engine power, the CFI immediately took control of the airplane. He ensured
the fuel selector switch was selected for both fuel tanks, the carburetor heat was applied, and the mixture
control was at the full rich position. He trimmed the airplane for the best glide speed and the student
pilot executed a mayday call. The CFI attempted switching fuel tanks, however the engine did not
respond, and the propeller was "wind milling."

The CFI assessed the situation and realized the airplane did not have adequate altitude and airspeed to
make it to the airstrip. The CFI altered course about 45 to the west for a suitable landing area. The
student pilot read aloud the checklist for an engine failure and emergency landing and confirmed
everything had already been completed. The CFI observed a suitable landing area about 1 mile ahead of
their current position to a flat, plowed dirt field. After touchdown, the airplane nosed over and
came to rest upside down. The CFI executed an emergency shutdown and both occupants egressed from the airplane without further incident.


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09-Jun-2021 06:17 aaronwk Added

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