NTSB Identification: DEN92LA037.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45896.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 23, 1992 in DURANGO, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/13/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 177RG, registration: N2550V
Injuries: 4 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.

APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE AFTER TAKEOFF ON A CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT, AT AN ALTITUDE OF APPROXIMATELY 900 FEET AGL, THE ENGINE FAILED DUE TO A MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. THE PILOT EXECUTED EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AND CONDUCTED A FORCED LANDING IN A FIELD WHICH WAS ROUGH, UNEVEN, AND COVERED WITH SNOW. THE MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION WAS FAILURE OF THE NUMBER TWO CYLINDER CONNECTING ROD.

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

A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER DUE TO A MECHANICAL FAILURE OF THE ENGINE. FACTORS WERE: ROUGH AND UNEVEN SNOW COVERED TERRAIN.

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