NTSB Identification: FTW91FA036.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43020.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 10, 1991 in MANSFIELD, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/10/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 182K, registration: N2486Q
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING A LOCAL NIGHT FLIGHT THE ENGINE EXPERIENCED A CATASTROPHIC FAILURE IN THE NUMBER TWO CYLINDER. THE PISTON ASSEMBLY DISINTEGRATED RESULTING IN A COMPLETE LOSS OF POWER. THE PILOT SELECTED WHAT APPEARED TO BE THE ONLY AVAILABLE TERRAIN FOR LANDING; HOWEVER, THE LANDING AREA WAS UNSUITABLE AND THE AIRPLANE NOSED OVER TO THE INVERTED POSITION. THE ENGINE HAD JUST COMPLETED AN ANNUAL INSPECTION FOUR HOURS PRIOR BY A CONTRACTED AIRFRAME AND POWERPLANT MECHANIC.

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

THE FAILURE OF THE NUMBER TWO CYLINDER PISTON DUE TO INADEQUATE MAINTENANCE.

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