NTSB Identification: CHI87LA097.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34285.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 12, 1987 in HOLLAND, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/07/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R, registration: N5140S
Injuries: 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.

DURING A LOCAL FLIGHT THE AIRCRAFT'S ENGINE LOST OIL PRESSURE. THE ENGINE CONTINUED TO RUN FOR ABOUT TWO MINUTES AND THEN TOTALLY SEIZED. THE PILOT MADE A HARD LANDING ON 58TH STREET IN HOLLAND (THE ONLY AVAILABLE LANDING AREA HE COULD SEE IN THE DARK NIGHT LIGHT CONDITIONS) RESULTING IN SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE AIRCRAFT. INVESTIGATION REVEALED BROKEN PISTON RINGS IN THE NUMBER ONE CYLINDER, ALUMINUM SHAVINGS THROUGHOUT THE ENGINE LUBRICATING SYSTEM AND SCORED AND BURNED BEARINGS.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,RING..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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