NTSB Identification: MIA00LA233.
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Accident occurred Sunday, August 06, 2000 in WASHINGTON, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/02/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 188B, registration: N4439Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot/owner stated that he was maneuvering during spraying activities, when he lost engine power, observed smoke coming from the engine compartment, and attempted a forced landing, subsequently impacting with a ditch. After the accident, he looked into the engine area and observed 'a hole in the crankcase of the engine.' He did not teardown the engine after the accident, but on the NTSB Form 6120.1/2, under mechanical malfunction failure, he wrote, '...possible connecting rod breakage or piston pin failure....' The airplane was 52 hours out of an annual inspection at the time of the accident.

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

a loss of engine power for undetermined reason, resulting in a forced landing, and subsequent impact with a ditch.

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