NTSB Identification: NYC92LA151.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 48231.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 09, 1992 in ST MARY'S, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/14/1993
Aircraft: ROCKWELL 112-TC, registration: N4531W
Injuries: 1 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 SAID, 'WHILE CRUSING AT 9500 FEET...THERE WAS A 'BOOM'...I REALIZED...THE ENGINE JUST BLEW...' DURING THE FORCED LANDING, THE AIRPLANE STRUCK A HOUSE. EXAMINATION OF THE MAINTENANCE RECORDS REVEALED THAT THERE HAD BEEN TWO PROPELLER STRIKES WITH THIS AIRPLANE. AN EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO MALFUNCTION OR DEFECT WHICH WOULD HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE FAILURE. THE PROPELLER BLADE HUB ASSEMBLY WAS EXAMINED BY THE NTSB METALLURGIST. IN HIS REPORT HE STATED: 'THE HUB FAILED AS A RESULT OF FATIGUE CRACKING....THE ORIGIN OF THE FATIGUE WAS NOT LOCATED ON A PART OF THE HUB THAT WAS RECOVERED. DAMAGE TO THE PRELOAD PLATE SHELF...INDICATED THAT THE HUB HAD PREVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A BLADE STRIKE....THE GROUND STRIKE COULD HAVE HAD AN AFFECT ON THE FAILURE OF THE HUB, BUT WITHOUT THE ORIGIN AREA FOR EXAMINATION OTHER...CAUSES...CANNOT BE RULED OUT.'

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

THE FATIGUE CRACKING FRACTURE OF THE PROPELLER HUB, RESULTING IN A FORCED LANDING, AND COLLISION WITH A HOUSE.

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