NTSB Identification: LAX98LA058.
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Accident occurred Saturday, December 20, 1997 in TRUCKEE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/04/1998
Aircraft: Bellanca 8KCAB, registration: N5058L
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The aircraft was substantially damaged during a forced landing in a snow covered field due to a total loss of engine power in the takeoff initial climb. During a teardown inspection of the engine, it was noted that the number 3 connecting rod assembly had undergone a progressive failure.

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

internal mechanical failure of the engine due to a progressive failure of the No. 3 connecting rod assembly. A contributing factor was the snow pack which covered the only accessible emergency landing area.

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