NTSB Identification: MKC89LA058.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38031.
Accident occurred Friday, January 27, 1989 in GOODLAND, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N47431
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.

THE PLT REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE FAILED DURING CRUISE FLIGHT. AN EMERGENCY LANDING WAS ATTEMPTED IN A FARM FIELD WHICH RESULTED IN SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE NOSE GEAR, FIREWALL AND PROPELLER. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED AN EXHAUST VALVE FAILURE IN THE NUMBER 3 CYLINDER.

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

THE LOSS OF ENGINE POWER RESULTING FROM AN EXHAUST VALVE FAILURE. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE LACK OF SUITABLE TERRAIN FOR A FORCED LANDING.

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