NTSB Identification: CHI95LA137.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, April 26, 1995 in DODGE CITY, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/13/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA P210N, registration: N4614K
Injuries: 3 Serious,3 Uninjured.
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THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE WAS CRUISING AT 16,000 FEET MEAN SEA LEVEL WHEN HE HEARD A LOUD EXPLOSION IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT AND THE ENGINE LOST POWER. HE DESCENDED THROUGH INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS AND WHEN HE BROKE OUT OF THE CLOUDS, THE AIRPORT WAS NOT IN SIGHT AND HE MADE A FORCED LANDING IN A FIELD. A FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) INSPECTOR WHO EXAMINED THE WRECKAGE REPORTED THAT THE PLANE WAS IN A WET WHEAT FIELD AND APPROXIMATELY 1000 FEET OF GROUND SCARS LED THROUGH A DITCH TO THE WRECKAGE. HE REPORTED NO EVIDENCE OF PREIMPACT AIRFRAME MALFUNCTION. DISASSEMBLY OF THE ENGINE REVEALED THE NUMBER ONE CONNECTING ROD FAILED DUE TO FATIGUE ORIGINATING FROM A DECARBURIZED LAYER ON THE SHANK OF THE ROD.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: fatigue and subsequent catastrophic failure of the connecting rod originating from the decarburized area on the shank of the rod. Factors were the low cloud weather condition and the ditch. Full narrative available
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