NTSB Identification: ATL87LA245.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34046.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 30, 1987 in MYRTLE BEACH, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/27/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25, registration: N6094Z
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AFTER ABOUT 45 MNTES INTO THE FLIGHT, THE PILOT NOTICED A DROP IN ENGINE OIL PRESSURE WHEN HE DECIDED TO RETURN TO THE AIRPORT. THE CABIN FILLED WITH SMOKE, AND THE ENGINE CONTINUED TO LOSE POWER. THE PILOT HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO DITCH. THE WRECKAGE EXAMINIATION DISCLOSED THAT, NO. 4 CYLINDER WAS CRACKED IN THE SPARK PLUG HOLE WHICH TRAVELED TOWARDS THE EXHAUST PORT. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT AUTOMOTIVE FUEL WAS USED FOR THIS FLIGHT.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CYLINDER..CRACKED

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

FLUID,OIL..STARVATION


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