NTSB Identification: LAX94LA327.
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Accident occurred Thursday, August 18, 1994 in FIREBAUGH, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1995
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER S2R, registration: N8843Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT STATED HE WAS IN CRUISE FLIGHT WHEN THE ENGINE LOST ALL POWER. HE LANDED ON THE SHOULDER OF A MAJOR INTERSTATE HIGHWAY AND THE LEFT WING COLLIDED WITH A HIGHWAY SIGNPOST. POSTACCIDENT INSPECTION OF THE AIRCRAFT REVEALED THAT THE NUMBER 2 CYLINDER HEAD WAS CRACKED.

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 2 cylinder head. A factor was the dark night conditions which inhibited the pilot's ability to visually detect ground obstructions in the landing area.

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