NTSB Identification: MKC89LA035.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37610.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 08, 1988 in CRETE, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-160, registration: N5875W
Injuries: 1 Serious,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 PVT PILOT SAID SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE COUGHED, SPUTTERED, THEN QUIT. AN EMERGENCY LDG WAS ATTEMPTED ON A FARM FIELD WHICH RESULTED IN SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE ACFT, SERIOUS INJURY TO THE PAX AND MINOR INJURIES TO THE PILOT. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED A FAILURE OF THE RIGHT MAGNETO DRIVE GEARS. A MANUFACTURER'S SERVICE BULLETIN THAT SPECIFIED REPLACEMENT OF THE NYLON DRIVE GEAR WITH A SINTERED IRON GEAR AT 2000 HOURS, OR THE FIRST OVERHAUL, HAD NOT BEEN COMPILED WITH. ENGINE RUNUP TESTS AFTER THE ACCIDENT REVEALED THE ENGINE WOULD NOT RUN ON THE RIGHT MAGNETO OR WHEN BOTH MAGNETOES WERE SELECTED.

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

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..DISABLED

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,SERVICE BULLETIN/LETTER..NOT FOLLOWED..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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