NTSB Identification: MIA87FA257.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35051.
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 23, 1987 in GENEVA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N4010R
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

FLT EXPERIENCED ENGINE FAILURE WHEN THE NUMBER SIX CONNECTING ROD SEPARATED FROM THE CRANKSHAFT AFTER FAILURE OF THE CONNECTING ROD BEARING. DURING AN ATTEMPTED FORCED LANDING DURING DARKNESS THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES AND THEN CRASHED TO THE GROUND. EXAMINATION REVEALED THE NUMBER SIX CONNECTING ROD BEARING TIN OVERLAY PEELED AWAY FROM THE ALUMINUM BEARING FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS. THE ALUMINUM BEARING WAS THEN DAMAGED AND SEPARATED FROM THE ROD. THE CONNECTING ROD THEN OVERHEATED AND SEPARATED FROM THE CRANKSHAFT WHEN THE ROD BOLTS FAILED.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,BEARING..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DAWN


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