NTSB Identification: BFO95LA044.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 06, 1995 in FINKSBURG, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/30/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N93874
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE AIRPLANE WAS IN CRUISE FLIGHT AT 1500 FEET MSL WHEN THE ENGINE LOST PARTIAL POWER. ALL ATTEMPTS TO REGAIN ENGINE POWER WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. SHE STATED THAT SHE MADE A FORCED LANDING IN A FRESHLY PLOWED CORN FIELD, BUT DURING THE LANDING ROLL THE NOSEWHEEL COLLAPSED AND THE AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER. POSTACCIDENT EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE FUEL SYSTEM REVEALED THAT FUEL WAS PRESENT IN THE FUEL LINES TO THE CARBURETOR. POSTACCIDENT EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE AND ITS ACCESSORIES REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF PREIMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. HOWEVER, A COMPRESSION TEST WAS PERFORMED AND COMPRESSIONS OF 54/80; 18/80; 62/80 AND 66/80 WERE OBTAINED ON CYLINDERS 1 THROUGH 4, RESPECTIVELY.

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

loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. A related factor was the lack of suitable terrain.

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