NTSB Identification: LAX95LA175.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 29, 1995 in PARKER, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/24/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N41981
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT REPORTED THAT WHILE ON A NIGHT CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT, THE ENGINE RPM SUDDENLY DROPPED AND HE WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN ALTITUDE. HE SQUAWKED 7700 AND ASKED THE FLIGHT SERVICE TO IDENTIFY THE NEAREST AIRPORT. AS THE PILOT APPROACHED THE AIRPORT, HE MADE A THROTTLE REDUCTION AND THE ENGINE QUIT. HE THEN ATTEMPTED AN EMERGENCY LANDING ON A ROAD APPROXIMATELY 1/2 MILE NORTH OF THE AIRPORT. DURING THE ATTEMPT, HIS LEFT WING GRAZED THE ROOF OF A CAR. A POSTACCIDENT INSPECTION REVEALED THAT THE HEAD OF THE NO. 2 CYLINDER EXHAUST VALVE HAD SEPARATED FROM THE STEM.

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

the failure and separation of the No. 2 cylinder exhaust valve. Darkness was a factor in the accident.

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