NTSB Identification: MKC89LA037.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37578.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 10, 1988 in JACKSONVILLE, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N8356P
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING A LOCAL FAMILARIZATION AND ACCEPTANCE FLIGHT FOR THE NEW ACFT OWNER, SMOKE ENTERED THE COCKPIT AND OIL PRESSURE WAS LOST. A PRECAUTIONARY EMERGENCY LDG WAS ATTEMPTED ON A SOFT, MUDDY, PLOWED FARM FIELD, RESULTING IN SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE ACFT. POST-ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED AN OIL COOLER INLET LINE HAD RUPTURED AND HAD DRIPPED OIL ONTO THE EXHAUST SYSTEM, CAUSING SMOKE AND SUBSEQUENT LOSS OF OIL PRESSURE. THE LINE WAS WRAPPED WITH ASBESTOS AND HAD BECOME VERY BRITTLE. THE OIL LINE WAS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT AND HAD A TOTAL TIME OF 2872 HOURS. THE ACFT HAD JUST RECENTLY RECEIVED AN ANNUAL INSPECTION AND HAD FLOWN LESS THEN ONE HOUR SINCE THE INSPECTION.

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

LUBRICATING SYSTEM,OIL LINE..RUPTURED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,ANNUAL INSPECTION..INADEQUATE..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT



Contributing Factors

FUSELAGE,CABIN..SMOKE

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