NTSB Identification: ATL88FA110.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36664.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 12, 1988 in ROCK HILL, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/21/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R-300, registration: N8727E
Injuries: 2 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 PLT AND A CERTIFICATED PILOT/PAX DEPARTED THE ROCK HILL APT FOR A LOCAL MAINT TEST FLT FOLLOWING AN ENGINE OVERHAUL AND INSTALLATION. ABOUT 10 MINUTES INTO THE FLT, THE ENGINE OIL PRESSURE DROPPED TO ZERO AND A COMPLETE LOSS OF POWER FOLLOWED. THE PLT RADIOED THE INFORMATION TO THE DEPARTURE ARPT AND ATTEMPTED A FORCED LANDING IN A LARGE PASTURE WITH FENCES. THE FIRST TOUCHDOWN WAS ABOUT 1746 FT PAST A TREE LINE AT THE EDGE OF THE FIELD. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH AN EARTH MOUND 961 FT PAST THE FIRST TOUCHDOWN POINT, ROLLED INVERTED AND COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN 300 FT PAST THE EARTH MOUND. TOTAL DISTANCE BETWEEN THE TREE LINE AT THE EDGE OF THE FIELDS AND THE STOPPING POINT WAS ABOUT 3,091 FT. THE LATTER PORTION OF THE PATH WAS MORE STEEPLY DOWNSLOPING THAN THE FIRST 2,150 FT. POST ACC EXAM REVEALED AN OIL LINE WHICH SHOWED EVIDENCE OF NOT HAVING BEEN PROPERLY CONNECTED.

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

LUBRICATING SYSTEM,OIL LINE..LOOSE

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

MAINTENANCE,INSTALLATION..IMPROPER..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

FLUID,OIL..LOSS,TOTAL

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

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..INADEQUATE..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL



Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRSPEED..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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