NTSB Identification: NYC92LA119
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 16, 1992 in FELTON, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/26/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-180, registration: N21RE
Injuries: 2 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.
AFTER TAKEOFF, FOLLOWING THE INSTALLATION OF A PROPELLER GOVERNOR OIL LINE, A LOSS OF OIL PRESSURE WAS NOTICED. A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING WAS MADE IN A WHEAT FIELD. THE OIL RETURN LINE FROM THE NUMBER THREE CYLINDER WAS FOUND DISCONNECTED. THE MECHANIC WHO PERFORMED THE WORK STATED HE WAS A ONE MAN SHOP AND DUE TO DIFFICULTIES, THE JOB TOOK 3 HOURS INSTEAD OF THE PROJECTED 1 1/2 HOURS. HE ALSO SAID HE ALLOWED CUSTOMER PRESSURE TO OVERRIDE HIS STANDARDS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING IN UNSUITABLE TERRAIN. AN ADDITIONAL CAUSE WAS THE FAILURE OF THE MECHANIC TO TIGHTEN THE OIL RETURN LINE ON THE NUMBER THREE CYLINDER. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE PRESSURE THE MECHANIC FELT TO COMPLETE THE JOB IN A TIMELY MANNER.
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