NTSB Identification: MIA97LA112.
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Accident occurred Monday, March 31, 1997 in BUNNELL, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/02/1998
Aircraft: Charles J. Keuthan ZEPHYR II, registration: N52958
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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During the initial climb the engine experienced a partial loss of power due to a partial failure of the top compression ring of one of the cylinders. While maneuvering for a forced landing, the airplane stalled and impacted the ground.

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

Inadvertent stall/mush by the pilot while maneuvering for a forced landing. Contributing to the accident was the partial loss of engine power due to a partial failure of the top compression ring of one of the cylinders.

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