NTSB Identification: LAX96LA007.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 06, 1995 in CHANDLER, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/29/1996
Aircraft: SCHLITTER RANS S-9, registration: N5052E
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that while in cruise the engine suddenly stopped. He selected a road on which to land; however, vehicle traffic prevented its use and he was forced to land in a cotton field. The aircraft collided with high vegetation and plowed furrows during the landing roll, substantially damaging the airframe structure. Disassembly of the Rotax 503 two-stroke engine revealed that the #2 cylinder had seized. The reason for the seizure could not be determined.

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

seizure of the #2 cylinder for undetermined reasons. The lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing was a factor.

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