NTSB Identification: DEN87LA182.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34697.
Accident occurred Monday, July 13, 1987 in NEW ROCKFORD, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N95876
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.

THE STUDENT PLT WAS ON A CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT. HE NOTICED A DROP IN ENGINE RPM. AN ENGINE VIBRATION BEGAN AND ANOTHER AIRCRAFT REPORTED SEEING A SMOKE TRAIL. THE PLT ELECTED TO MAKE AN OFF AIRPORT LANDING AND SELECTED A WHEAT FIELD. THE PLT MADE AN EMERGENCY BROADCAST AND PERFORMED A SOFT FIELD LANDING. AFTER TOUCHDOWN, THE NOSE WHEEL SANK INTO THE MUD AND THE ACFT NOSED OVER. A POST CRASH ENGINE INSPECTION REVEALED EVIDENCE THAT THE NUMBER FOUR PISTON HAD BROKEN.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,PISTON..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR..COLLAPSED

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