NTSB Identification: MIA96LA161.
The docket is stored in the Docket Management System (DMS). Please contact Records Management Division
Accident occurred Saturday, June 22, 1996 in SOUTHSIDE, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 170A, registration: N9230A
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot stated he was in cruise flight at 2,000 feet when he observed a drop in oil pressure followed by a sound similar to a rod coming loose. Subsequently, a total loss of engine power occurred, and a forced landing was made to a private airstrip. The approach was steep (high) to clear a house and with a tailwind. The airplane touched down long, went off the end of the runway, and nosed over. Examination of the airplane revealed the oil line from the engine to the oil cooler had ruptured, causing a loss of engine oil, and seizure of the engine.

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

failure of an oil line between the engine and the oil cooler, which resulted in loss of oil, oil starvation, and subsequent seizure of the engine. Factors relating to the accident were: the effects of a tailwind during the forced landing, and failure of the pilot to achieve the proper touchdown point during the landing.

Full narrative available

Index for Jun1996 | Index of months