NTSB Identification: IAD96LA092.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 07, 1996 in WESTMINSTER, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1998
Aircraft: Beech V35B, registration: N369JR
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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According to the pilot, the preflight, taxi and runup were normal. After takeoff, he retracted the landing gear, climbed to 2000 feet mean sea level, and after he steadied on his outbound heading, the pilot stated he reduced RPM. His normal amount of control input for reduction in RPM brought about too large of a reduction in power and was associated with a rough engine at first, and then a loss of engine sounds. After lowering the nose of the airplane, he changed fuel tanks, checked individual magnetos and turned back towards the airport. It was at this time that the pilot believed he heard a knock and shortly thereafter, the propeller stopped windmilling. His attention was now focused on choosing a field in which to land. He altered his selection of a field based on some trees, and when he saw that he had his alternate field made, he selected the gear down. The pilot stated that the landing gear did not have enough time to extend and the airplane slide on a mowed hay field for approximately 300 feet.

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

The fracture of the engine crankshaft which had a subsurface origin and progressed in fatigue until overload and separation occurred.

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