I was flying to south Georgia on the afternoon of April 12, 2007. I was on an instrument flight plan. The low oil pressure light came on. I notified ATC (air traffic control) immediately. Thankfully I was on the instrument flight plan and they knew which "blip" I was on the radar. I was nine miles from the closest airport. The engine quit when I was still six miles away.
From the time the engine quit until I was on the ground was only three to four minutes, but it seemed as if it had been 10-15. I was able to glide the airplane to the ground completely under control. There was never any doubt in my mind about making a safe landing.
Eventually I expect someone will figure out the cause of the engine failure. The plane is a total write off but I'm fine and unhurt. All of my training proved itself in these few minutes of flight. I expect to be in the air again in a few days. This won't dissuade me from pursuing a commercial pilot certificate and a flight instructor rating.
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