NTSB Identification: CHI88DEX06.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36822.
Accident occurred Friday, July 01, 1988 in BEDFORD, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/1989
Aircraft: PIPER J3, registration: N42684
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

AIRCRAFT WAS IN CRUISE FLIGHT AT 1000 FEET AGL WHEN THE PILOT HEARD A BACKFIRE FROM THE ENGINE FOLLOWED BY IMMEDIATE AND TOTAL LOSS OF POWER. FORCED LANDING WAS MADE IN RUGGED, ROCKY TERRAIN. LANDING GEAR SHEARED OFF ON ROLLOUT. INVESTIGATION REVEALED FAILURE OF MAGNETO TIMING GEAR, AND ITS FOUR ATTACHING BOLTS.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,TIMING GEAR..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..OVERLOAD

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