NTSB Identification: DEN89LA126.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40374.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 27, 1989 in FORT COLLINS, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/18/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 177B, registration: N17184
Injuries: 2 Minor,1 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 RPRTD THAT DRG THE INITIAL CLIMB AFTER A NIGHT TAKEOFF, THE ENG BEGAN MAKING A POPPING SOUND, THEN LOST POWER. HE MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN AN AREA WHERE THE RWY WAS BEING EXTENDED AN ADDITIONAL 2000 FT. WHILE LANDING, THE GEAR COLLAPSED. A POST-ACDNT EXAM OF THE ACFT & A SUBSEQUENT ENG RUN FAILED TO REVEAL ANY EVIDENCE TO EXPLAIN THE RPRTD POWER LOSS.

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

LOSS OF ENGINE POWER FOR AN UNDETERMINED REASON. THE DARK NIGHT AND TERRAIN CONDITION WERE CONSIDERED TO BE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS.

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