NTSB Identification: FTW93LA074.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47683.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 23, 1993 in BAYTOWN, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/25/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N73405
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.

DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL THE PILOT RECOGNIZED THAT THE ENGINE WAS NOT DEVELOPING FULL POWER. THE PILOT ABORTED THE TAKEOFF, HOWEVER, HE FELT THAT THE AIRPLANE WOULD RUN OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY. GROUND SPEED AT THE TIME OF ABORT WAS 55 TO 60 KNOTS. HE INTENTIONALLY GROUND LOOPED THE AIRPLANE BY APPLYING FULL RUDDER. FOLLOWING THE GROUND LOOP THE AIRPLANE SLID INTO A DITCH. AN EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED A STUCK EXHAUST VALVE IN THE NUMBER 3 CYLINDER

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

THE LOSS OF POWER DUE TO A STUCK EXHAUST VALVE IN THE NUMBER 3 CYLINDER

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