NTSB Identification: NYC89LA020.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38171.
Accident occurred Thursday, November 03, 1988 in EBENSBURG, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/24/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 185, registration: N4023Y
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 ACFT EXPERIENCED A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER AND CRASHED IN TREES NEAR EBENSBURG, PA. A TEARDOWN INSPECTION REVEALED EXTENSIVE PREIMPACT DAMAGE TO THE ENGINE. THE #3 MAIN BEARING HAD FAILED, CAUSING THE INTERRUPTION OF OIL SUPPLY TO THE #4 AND 5 BEARINGS AND FAILURE OF A CONNECTING ROD. APPROX ONE QT OF OIL WAS IN THE CRANKCASE. METAL PARTICLES AND OIL WERE IN THE OIL PUMP. THE FORCED LDNG WAS INPEDDED BY OIL ON THE WINDSHEILD AND SMOKE IN THE COCKPIT. THE PLT STALLED THE ACFT WHEN HE NOTED THE AIRPLANE BRUSHING AGAINST TREETOPS.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,BEARING..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CONNECTING ROD..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)



Contributing Factors

WINDOW,FLIGHT COMPARTMENT WINDOW/WINDSHIELD..CONTAMINATION


Contributing Factors

FUSELAGE,CREW COMPARTMENT..SMOKE

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