There’s that along with the 1100 feet which is higher than the typical air field pattern approach. And it was daylight which should give enough time to find something flat——especially in that FLAT country. Most of us practice dead-stick landings which ignore the engine(s) all together. If only one engine is out I’d prefer cutting the other also just to avoid crabbing, unbalanced torque, etc. There’s no real excuse for wadding up a plane under those conditions-—and that certainly raises suspicions.
my first thoughts exactly