Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Cessna 337A, N211EW: Accident occurred March 30, 2021 in Byars, McClain County, Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aircraft lost engine power and crashed in a pasture. 

Date: 30-MAR-21
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N211EW
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 337
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91


  1. Aircraft lost power. One engine where it should still fly on the other and the pilot closed and feathered the operating engine? Both engines quit in fuel exhaustion? Total fuel pump failure starving both engines? No matter what happened, it's another sad story of a historic Skymaster hull loss. Eventually the only ones still existing will be in military museums like the USAF which flew them in FAC observation and target ID during Vietnam.

    1. May not be required to hold altitude on one engine. If hot and heavy, might just extend the glide.

    2. "Eventually the only ones still existing will be in military museums..."

      Correct. There's just not much love for 337s on the used market.

  2. Off field landing and no one injured. Excellent outcome. Good job.

  3. Remaining good engine just takes you to the scene of the accident. Glad no one was hurt.

  4. Flys better as a single on the rear engine that the front engine. But, it's like any light twin, keep it above blue line and you'll probably make it (if you're not at 110% of gross.

  5. Cessna built slightly more than 500 Skymasters for the U.S. Air Force. These saw extensive action in Vietnam as the O-2A. This version boasts structural beefups, hard points and extra windows. These airplanes frequently appear on the used market and may well be the least expensive warbirds available. Additionally, some civilian models were converted to an O-2B configuration for the military to use in psychological warfare.

    A total of 178 USAF O-2 Skymasters were lost in the Vietnam War, to all causes.