NTSB Identification: ATL99LA023.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, November 25, 1998 in LOCUST GROVE, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/28/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 175, registration: N565ML
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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According to the pilot, while flying at cruise, the engine lost power over a 10 to 15 second period. There was no sputtering or shaking associated with the loss of power. Lining up with the contours of the pasture, the pilot attempted an emergency landing. After touchdown the airplane nosed over inverted. Examination of the engine disclosed a gear train failure in the accessory gearbox, which prevented the camshaft from actuating the valves, and allowed only one magneto drive to rotate when the propeller was turned. The engine was not disassembled for further examination.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: Loss of engine power due to a gear train failure in the accessory gearbox for undetermined reasons. A factor was the rough and uneven terrain. Full narrative available
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