NTSB Identification: MKC87LA154.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34676.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 02, 1987 in OELWEIN, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32RT, registration: N36646
Injuries: 5 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 PERSONAL NIGHT X-C FLT, THE PLT NOTICED A GLOWING CONDITION IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT AND ALSO A LOSS OF MANIFOLD PRESSURE. THE PLT SHUT THE FUEL OFF, PULLED THE MIXTURE TO CUTOFF, AND DECLARED AN EMERGENCY. THE ACFT MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN A CORNFIELD AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. POST ACCIDENT INSPECTION REVEALED A LOOSE EXHAUST MANIFOLD CONNECTION. THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF A FIRE IN THE AREA OF THIS CONNECTION.

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

EXHAUST SYSTEM,MANIFOLD/PIPE..LOOSE

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

MAINTENANCE..INADEQUATE..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..CROP

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