This March 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Lancair IV-P. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Hilton Head, S.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, the airplane was in cruise flight when the instrument panel begin to vibrate heavily and oil begin to cover the wind screen. There was a loud “bang” from the engine and then the engine then lost power. The pilot had no forward visibility because of the oil on the windscreen and could not maintain altitude. He elected to make an emergency landing on a nearby beach. During the landing the plane struck and killed a pedestrian.