NTSB Identification: FTW88LA049.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36010.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 16, 1988 in LITTLEFIELD, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-235, registration: N8737W
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 CONNECTING ROD CAP ATTACHING BOLT FAILED IN FLIGHT WHICH CAUSED THE ENGINE TO STOP. THE PILOT WAS ON FINAL APPROACH AT THE TIME BUT WAS UNABLE TO REACH THE RUNWAY. A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE IN A FARM FIELD SHORT OF THE AIRPORT. UPON TOUCHDOWN THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH A DITCH WHICH CAUSED LANDING GEAR FAILURE AND DAMAGE TO THE LEFT WING.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CONNECTING ROD BOLT..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH

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