The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the crash of a small plane in Mobile on July 3, 2014.
It says the Cessna 336 operated by the Mobile County Health Department “force landed” following a partial loss of engine power. The pilot was seriously injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The flight originated at St. Elmo.
According to the pilot, he was assigned to mosquito control spraying operations in the Mobile area. While flying at 100 feet above the ground, he said the plane lost engine power to both engines. He started to climb but was unable to maintain altitude and could not recover full engine power, so he force landed the airplane in a nearby field. The nose landing gear collapsed in the soft soil and the airplane came to a stop.
“An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. Structural damage to the fuselage was confirmed. The engines were removed and will be examined at a later date at the manufacturer’s facilities under the direction of the NTSB,” said the report.