NTSB Identification: NYC97LA149.
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Accident occurred Thursday, May 29, 1997 in PRESTON, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/02/1998
Aircraft: Piper PA-25-235, registration: N4497Y
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot was on an aerial application mission, when the engine experienced a partial loss of power. The pilot performed a precautionary landing to a field and landed hard. The accident was reported more than 60 days after the date of the occurrence, after the airplane was disassembled. The power loss was reported to be the result of a failure of the left magneto.

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

The pilot's improper flare during a precautionary landing, which resulted in a hard landing. A factor in the accident was the failure of the left magneto, which resulted in a partial loss of engine power.

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