NTSB Identification: MIA96LA075.
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Accident occurred Thursday, February 08, 1996 in BOCA RATON, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/06/1996
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R, registration: N55329
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The airplane was climbing through 4,000 feet when the pilot heard a 'pop' and the engine started shaking. The pilot made a forced landing to a golf course. On landing roll out the pilot made a turn to the left to avoid some golfers who did not move. The right wing of the airplane collided with a tree. Examination of the engine revealed the number 3 cylinder hold down studs and nut failed due to fatigue.

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

the partial loss of engine power due to the fatigue failure of the number 3 cylinder hold down studs and nut. A factor was the pilot'e evasive maneuver to avoid golphers on a golf course.

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