NTSB Identification: CHI92LA051.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45723.
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 11, 1991 in CHAPIN, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/23/1993
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8-F, registration: N1871B
Injuries: 1 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.

AN ENGINE VIBRATION WAS NOTICED BY THE PILOT JUST PRIOR TO A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER. A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE ON A RURAL ROAD. DURING THE LANDING THE AIRPLANE TRAVELED OFF THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, CONTACTED A SNOW DRIFT AND NOSED OVER. POST ACCIDENT INSPECTION REVEALED A FAILED CONNECTING ROD HAD RESULTED IN A CATASTROPHIC ENGINE FAILURE.

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

FAILED CONNECTING ROD WHICH RESULTED IN A CATASTROPHIC ENGINE FAILURE. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS UNSUITABLE TERRAIN.

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