(Pilot) Initiated A Forced Landing To A Clearing On Sloped Terrain

Location: Lake Arrowhead, CA Accident Number: WPR21LA194
Date & Time: May 16, 2021, 15:45 Local Registration: N7350E
Aircraft: Cessna 210 Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On May 16, 2021, about 1545 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 210, N7350E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lake Arrowhead, California. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that while climbing through an altitude of about 8,500 ft mean sea level (msl), en route to Big Bear Airport (L35), Big Bear City, California, he noted a partial loss of engine power. He contacted Air Traffic Control (ATC) and was provided with alternate airports and current weather information. While over mountainous terrain, the engine experienced a total loss of power. Concerned he did not have sufficient altitude to clear rising terrain, he initiated a forced landing to a clearing on sloped terrain. The airplane subsequently collided with vegetation and came to rest upright on a steep slope.

Both wings and fuselage were substantially damaged. The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

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