NTSB Identification: MKC88FA039.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36344.
Accident occurred Friday, January 15, 1988 in CAMDEN, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/02/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 177RG, registration: N8052G
Injuries: 4 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE LOST ALL ENGINE POWER DURING CRUISE. HE ATTEMPTED TO MAKE THE CAMDEN, ARKANSAS AIRPORT. THE AIRCRAFT DID NOT MAKE THE INTENDED LANDING AREA AND STRUCK A TREE AND SUBSEQUENTLY, A SWAMP AREA. THE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO AIRFRAME MALFUNCTIONS. AN ENGINE EXAMINATION DISCLOSED A CRACKED OIL LINE CONNECTING THE PROPELLER GOVERNOR TO THE ENGINE CASE. THE CRACKED LINE ALLOWED THE OIL SYSTEM TO BE DEPLETED OF OIL. THE ENGINE SEIZED AFTER THE NUMBER 3 PISTON FAILED. EXAMINATION OF THE CRACKED OIL PRESSURE LINE REVEALED THAT NEITHER OF THE TWO REQUIREDSECURING CLAMPS (INTENDED TO DAMPEN VIBRATION OF THE LINE) WERE PRESENT.

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

LUBRICATING SYSTEM,OIL LINE..CRACKED

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

FLUID,OIL..EXHAUSTION

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,PISTON..SEIZED




Contributing Factors

LUBRICATING SYSTEM,OIL LINE..NOT SECURED

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