NTSB Identification: ANC94LA061.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 28, 1994 in ANCHORAGE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-20, registration: N6174D
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING AFTER AN EXHAUST VALVE FAILED AND WAS INGESTED INTO THE CYLINDER SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF. A RETURN TO THE AIRPORT WAS NOT POSSIBLE. AIRPORT CONGESTION AND BUILDINGS LIMITED EMERGENCY LANDING AREAS AND THE PILOT COMPLETED A DITCHING IN A SWAMPY AREA ADJACENT TO AIRPORT FIRE STATION.

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

THE FAILURE OF AN EXHAUST VALVE. THE LACK OF SUITABLE TERRAIN FOR A FORCED LANDING WAS A FACTOR.

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