The Engine “Locked And The Propeller Stopped Turning.”

Location: Arcadia, FL Accident Number: ERA21LA174
Date & Time: April 6, 2021, 11:10 Local Registration: N18394
Aircraft: Beech A36 Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On April 6, 2021, about 1110 eastern daylight time, a Beech A36, N18394, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Arcadia, Florida. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, after takeoff about 800 ft mean sea level (msl), he reduced engine rpm to 2300. Several minutes later he noticed that the engine rpm had risen to 2500 and the oil pressure was zero. The pilot attempted to return to the airport; however, the engine “locked and the propeller stopped turning.” The airplane was at an altitude of 1,700 ft msl and the pilot subsequently performed a forced landing to a field.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the accident site, the airplane’s right wing and cowling were substantially damaged.

The airplane and engine were recovered for further examination.