NTSB Identification: FTW95LA246.
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Accident occurred Thursday, June 15, 1995 in JENNINGS, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/19/1995
Aircraft: WSK PZL MIELEC M-18 DROMADER, registration: N7070U
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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DURING A CLIMBING LEFT TURN, A PART OF THE ENGINE DEPARTED THE AIRPLANE. THE PILOT MADE A DECISION TO RETURN TO THE AIRPORT; HOWEVER, THE ENGINE LOST POWER AND THE PILOT EXECUTED A FORCED LANDING. DURING THE LANDING ROLL, THE MAIN GEAR SEPARATED WHEN THE AIRPLANE STRUCK A DIKE. AN FAA INSPECTOR EXAMINED THE WRECKAGE, PORTIONS OF WHICH WERE SUBMERGED IN WATER, BUT WAS UNABLE TO DETERMINE THAT A PART CAME OFF THE ENGINE OR WHAT MAY HAVE CAUSED THE REPORTED LOSS OF ENGINE POWER.

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

THE PARTIAL POWER LOSS FOR AN UNDETERMINED REASON. A FACTOR WAS THE LACK OF SUITABLE TERRAIN FOR THE FORCED LANDING.

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