NTSB Identification: SEA00LA048.
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Accident occurred Monday, March 06, 2000 in RICHLAND, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-180, registration: N8170W
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported experiencing an engine problem, and attempted to perform a forced landing on a highway. During the landing roll, the airplane rolled into a gully, substantially damaging a wing. Preliminary inspection by FAA inspectors revealed that number 3 and number 4 cylinders could not be removed due to barrel damage. Number 4 piston did not move when the crankshaft was rotated, and extensive metal particles were evident within the crankcase. The connecting rod was determined to have failed

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

Failure of a connecting rod for undetermined reasons. Factors include unsuitable terrain for the forced landing attempt.

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