NTSB Identification: FTW00LA108.
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Accident occurred Monday, March 27, 2000 in BRIDGEPORT, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/04/2000
Aircraft: North American T-28B, registration: N28NE
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 and passenger reported that after flying for 45 minutes the airplane's engine began to 'run rough, vibrate, and lose power.' The pilot observed black smoke emitting from the exhaust, and he estimated the engine then began producing 'about 25% of cruise power. The right exhaust gases momentarily ignited,' but extinguished when the throttle was retarded. Following the partial loss of engine power, the oil pressure gauge indicated 40 psi, and the airplane was unable to maintain altitude. The pilot executed a gear-up, forced landing in an open field, where the airplane came to rest upright. An FAA inspector examined the airplane and stated that engine oil had been 'blown out the exhaust and down the sides of the fuselage.' The reason for the partial loss of engine power was not determined.

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

The partial loss of engine power for an undetermined reason.

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