NTSB Identification: LAX87LA208.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33624.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 17, 1987 in TURLOCK, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N38458
Injuries: 3 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.

APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES INTO A PLEASURE FLIGHT, THE ENGINE EXPERIENCED A PARTIAL LOSS OF POWER. THE PILOT MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING AT A NEARBY AIRPORT, WHERE UPON LANDING THE AIRCRAFT RAN OFF THE RUNWAY AND COLLIDED WITH A BUSH. INSPECTION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED THAT THE NUMBER 4 CYLINDER EXHAUST VALVE BROKE. THERE WERE NO OTHER MECHANICAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTIONS REPORTED.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,VALVE,INTAKE..FATIGUE

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,VALVE,INTAKE..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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