1997-04-23: The a/c experienced an engine failure and was unable to force land on a road. The a/c landed on a soft field and suffered damage to the propellor and landing gear. The pilot was unhurt. Gladstone RCMP
reported the event to the Brandon FSS. UPDATE The pilot was surveying spring melt conditions and after switching from the left to the main fuel tank, the engine sputtered and lost power. The a/c was conducting a low pass over a muddy area at the time and the pilot carried out a forced landing on a muddy farm field. The landing caused the left main gear to fail and bent one blade of the propellor. The a/c came to rest on the left side of the belly of the fuselage. The pilot was wearing his lap belt as well as the shoulder harness, and was not injured. The pilot and his engineer inspected the a/c in the field and he reports that the power loss most likely was due to an air lock in the fuel system.