NTSB Identification: FTW96LA025.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, October 24, 1995 in DIBBLE, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/24/1996
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-180, registration: N7471J
Injuries: 1 Minor,2 Uninjured.

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While practicing maneuvers at 3,500 feet, the pilots heard a loud noise and the windshield became covered with oil. During the ensuing forced landing, the airplane collided with a fence and ditch. Engine disassembly revealed the #4 connecting rod had fractured. The #2 and #4 top connecting rod nuts were loose. Metallurgical examination disclosed the #4 bottom connecting rod bolt had failed in overload and the #4 connecting rod had failed from high stress, low cycle fatigue.

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

an overload failure of the #1 connecting rod bolt and resulting connecting rod fatigue failure. A factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.

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