NTSB Identification: FTW94LA089.
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Accident occurred Thursday, February 24, 1994 in GALLUP, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1995
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J, registration: N201SX
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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AT 8,500 FEET MSL THE PILOT EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DUE TO THE FAILURE OF THE EXHAUST VALVE FOR THE NUMBER THREE CYLINDER. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED A FORCED LANDING TO A SNOW COVERED OPEN FIELD. DURING THE LANDING ROLL, THE RIGHT MAIN LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED AFTER IMPACTING A TREE STUMP.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DUE TO THE FAILURE OF THE NUMBER 3 EXHAUST VALVE. A FACTOR WAS THE LACK OF SUITABLE TERRAIN AVAILABLE TO EXECUTE THE FORCED LANDING.

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