NTSB Identification: DEN87FA134.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34201.
Accident occurred Monday, May 25, 1987 in OGDEN, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28RT-201T, registration: N2888B
Injuries: 4 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ACFT DEPARTED RAPID CITY, SD, EN ROUTE TO ELKO, NV. WHILE IN CRUISE FLT IN IMC AT 12,000 FT, ENG LOST ALL PWR. ACFT WAS OVER MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN AND ATC ISSUED PLT VECTORS THROUGH CANYON. ACFT BROKE OUT OF OVERCAST AT 8000 FT MSL (ABOUT 1500 FT AGL) AND 6 MI FROM ARPT. PLT ELECTED TO STRETCH GLIDE AND ATTEMPT LANDING AT ARPT INSTEAD OF LANDING IN NEARBY OPEN AREAS. ACFT STRUCK UNOCCUPIED WAREHOUSE AND CRASHED IN EMPTY SALVAGE YARD ACROSS STREET IN DOWNTOWN OGDEN, UT. DISASSEMBLY OF ENGINE REVEALED CATASTROPHIC FAILURE OF #1 CONNECTING ROD DUE TO FATIGUE. THE FATIGUE HAD ORIGINATED IN AN AREA OF SURFACE DECARBURIZATION AND SCALE INCLUSIONS. TELEDYNE-CONTINENTAL'S SERVICE BULLETIN M86-11 HAD NOT BEEN ACCOMPLISHED.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CONNECTING ROD..FATIGUE

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

PROPER DESCENT RATE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,SERVICE BULLETIN/LETTER..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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