NTSB Identification: DEN90LA173.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42463.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 23, 1990 in EDGEWOOD, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA T-210-L, registration: N5397V
Injuries: 2 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.

THE PRIVATE PILOT REPORTED DURING INITIAL CLIMB, FOLLOWING AN ANNUAL INSPECTION, WHICH INCLUDED REPLACEMENT OF THREE CYLINDERS, THE ENGINE BEGAN TO MAKE NOISES AND QUIT. THE PLANE HAD ATTAINED 400 FEET AGL, AND THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO LAND ON A ROAD. THE PLANE LANDED SHORT IN A ROUGH FIELD, SLID 550 FEET, CROSSED A DITCH, AN ARROYO, THE ROAD, AND STRUCK A DIRT BANK. THE LEFT WING SPAR, FUSELAGE, ENGINE MOUNT AND FIREWALL WERE DAMAGED. A POSTACCIDENT ENGINE TEARDOWN REVEALED THAT THE NUMBER TWO ROD HAD FAILED AND CAUSED AN ENGINE STOPPAGE. THE ROD SHOWED EVIDENCE OF UNDER LUBRICATION AND OVERHEATING. THE INVESTIGATION FOUND NO EVIDENCE THAT THE ROD HAD BEEN REMOVED DURING THE MAINTENANCE.

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

ENGINE FAILURE DUE TO A BROKEN CONNECTING ROD. A FACTOR WAS THE ROUGH UNEVEN TERRAIN AVAILABLE FOR THE FORCED LANDING.

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