NTSB Identification: ANC92LA075.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 48020.
Accident occurred Friday, May 22, 1992 in WILLOW, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/1993
Aircraft: AERONCA CHAMPION 7CCM, registration: N82568
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE HAD SMOKE IN THE COCKPIT AND THE ENGINE STARTED MAKING A LOT OF NOISE. THEY WERE MANEUVERING CLOSE TO THE GROUND TO TAKE A VIDEO OF SOME WILDLIFE AND WERE NOT ABLE TO FIND A FORCED LANDING AREA. THE ENGINE STOPPED PRODUCING POWER AND THE PILOT WAS FORCED TO LAND IN HIGH VEGETATION AND TREES. THE AIRPLANE BURNED UPON IMPACT AND WAS DESTROYED. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE WAS ABLE TO SEE A CONNECTING ROD STICKING OUT OF THE ENGINE CRANKCASE. HE WAS UNABLE TO IDENTIFY WHICH CONNECTING ROD FAILED. THE ENGINE AND AIRCRAFT LOGBOOKS WERE DESTROYED IN THE FIRE.

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

THE COMPLETE FAILURE OF THE CONNECTING ROD. FACTORS WERE THE HIGH VEGETATION AND THE PILOT NOT MAINTAINING A PROPER ALTITUDE TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE A FORCED LANDING.

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