NTSB Identification: MKC87LA162.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34901.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 16, 1987 in MEADE, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: MAXFIELD PITTS S-1S, registration: N900K
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.

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, WHILE DEPG TO THE SE, THE ENG SEIZED. ALL OF THE SURROUNDING TERRAIN CONSISTED OF PLOWED FIELDS, SO THE PLT TRIED TO GLIDE BACK TO THE ARPT; HOWEVER, HE HAD INSUFFICIENT SPEED & ALT TO GET ALIGNED WITH THE RWY. DRG THE LNDG, THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN ON THE SHOULDER OF THE RWY & WAS DAMAGED. AN EXAM OF THE ENG REVEALED THE #3 ROD CAP & BOLTS HAD FAILED. THERE WAS EVIDENCE THE ROD-TO-CRANKSHAFT BEARING HAD BEEN ROTATING IN THE ROD & HAD INITIATED THE FAILURE. THE ENG HAD 21 HRS OF FLT TIME SINCE IT HAD BEEN OVERHAULED.

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

MAINTENANCE,OVERHAUL..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,BEARING..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


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