NTSB Identification: CHI93LA289.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 27, 1993 in VALPARAISO, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/07/1994
Aircraft: CHAMPION 402, registration: N9981Y
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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IMMEDIATELY AFTER TAKEOFF FROM RUNWAY 27, THE RIGHT ENGINE LOST POWER. THE PILOT DETERMINED A RETURN TO THE AIRPORT WAS NOT POSSIBLE, SO HE MADE A FORCED LANDING IN A LARGE FIELD TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE AIRPORT. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE EXHAUST STACK ASSEMBLY, CHAMPION PART NUMBER 4-1218, HAD CRACKED AND FAILED AT A WELD. THE P-LEADS WERE MELTED BY THE HOT EXHAUST GASES, SHORTING OUT THE MAGNETOS.

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

FAILURE OF THE EXHAUST STACK ASSEMBLY.

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