About 50-Miles From MOT, The Engine Began To Run Rough

Location: Minot, ND Accident Number: CEN22LA144
Date & Time: March 11, 2022, 16:05 Local Registration: N164CP
Aircraft: Cirrus Design Corp SR22T Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On March 11, 2022, about 1605 central standard time, a Cirrus SR22T airplane, N164CP, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Minot, North Dakota. The pilot and 1 passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he was on a 1.5-hour visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country flight from Fargo, North Dakota. Minot International Airport (MOT), Minot, North Dakota was his destination. About 50-miles from MOT, the engine began to run rough. The pilot continued toward MOT and tried to resolve the engine issue. About 10-15 miles from MOT, the #6 engine cylinder temperature began to rise, and the engine continued to run rough. The #6 cylinder then dropped offline, followed by the #4 and #2 cylinders. The engine was still running, but the pilot could not maintain enough altitude to land at MOT, so he elected to execute an emergency
landing in a field. 

The pilot landed the airplane in a snow-covered field about 2-miles from MOT. The airplane came to rest upright with the nose landing gear collapsed. Examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the lower structural portion of the engine firewall. The airplane was secured at MOT for a detailed examination of the engine.

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