NTSB Identification: NYC88LA157.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38618.
Accident occurred Friday, May 27, 1988 in LAIRDSVILLE, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N5164H
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 CESSNA 172 TOOK OFF ON A SOLO X-C FLIGHT WITH A STUDENT PILOT/OWNER OPERATOR AT THE CONTROLS. AFTER TAKEOFF. THE PILOT REPORTED A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER AND MADE AN OFF AIRPORT FORCED LANDING IN A PLOWED FIELD. THE NOSE WHEEL DUG IN AFTER APPROX 200 FT AND THE AIRCRAFT FLIPPED OVER. DURING POST ACC EXAM THE ENGINE WAS TORN DOWN AND APPROX 1 PINT OF OIL WAS FOUND INSIDE. THREE CONNECTING RODS WERE TIGHT AND DRY FROM LACK OF LUBRICATION. NO EVIDENCE OF OIL LEAKAGE FM THE ENGINE WAS FOUND. THE OIL PUMP HAD NOT FAILED AND THE OIL LINES WERE TIGHT AND HAD BEEN PRESSURE CHECKED TO 220 PSI. THE SPARK PLUGS EXHIBITED NORMAL IGNITION SIGNATURES AND NO EVIDENCE OF BLOWBY WAS FOUND.

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

MAINTENANCE,SERVICE OF AIRCRAFT/EQUIPMENT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,OIL..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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