NTSB Identification: NYC87LA245.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36637.
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 02, 1987 in MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N596SP
Injuries: 2 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.

WHILE CLIMBING THROUGH ABOUT 1500' AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ENGINE BEGAN TO LOSE POWER. THE PILOT TURNED BACK TOWARD THE AIRPORT, BUT SUBSEQUENTLY ALL POWER WAS LOST & THE AIRCRAFT WAS DAMAGED DURING A LANDING IN A CORN FIELD. A POST- ACCIDENT EXAMINATION REVEALED THE OIL LINE BETWEEN THE ENGINE AND OIL COOLER HAD FAILED. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE NUMBER 2 CONNECTING ROD FAILED DUE TO OIL STARVATION. THE OIL LINE HAD 1613 HRS OF OPERATION. PIPER SERVICE BULLETIN NUMBER 531 RECOMMENDED THE OIL LINE BE CHANGED AFTER 1000 HOURS OF OPERATION.

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

LUBRICATING SYSTEM,OIL LINE..LEAK

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

FLUID,OIL..EXHAUSTION

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CONNECTING ROD..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..CROP


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,SERVICE BULLETIN/LETTER..NOT FOLLOWED

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