NTSB Identification: FTW90LA135.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42261.
Accident occurred Monday, July 23, 1990 in WEST FORK, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1992
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24, registration: N7202P
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.

WHILE CRUISING AT 6,500 FEET MEAN SEA LEVEL THE PA24-250 EXPERIENCED A CATASTROPHIC ENGINE FAILURE DUE TO THE IDLER GEAR BOLT FAILING AND JAMMING THE CRANKSHAFT GEAR. THE PILOT EXECUTED AN EMERGENCY LANDING TO A NARROW FARM ROAD, DURING THE LANDING ROLL THE WING STRUCK A UTILITY POLE CAUSING SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE.

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

THE CATASTROPHIC FAILURE OF THE ENGINE.

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