NTSB Identification: DEN85LA208.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29344.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 31, 1985 in CLOVIS, NM
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28RT-201T, registration: N2232R
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 IN LEVEL CRUISE FLIGHT AT 17,000 FT, PILOT NOTICED SOUND CHANGE IN CABIN. ALL INSTRUMENT READINGS WERE NORMAL WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MANIFOLD PRESSURE DROP FROM 32 TO 25 INCHES. ENGINE BEGAN TO SPUTTER AND RUN ROUGH. OIL PRESSURE WARNING LIGHT BLINKED AND OIL PRESSURE FELL. PILOT SAW FIRE AROUND COWL VENTS. OIL COVERED WINDSHIELD MADE FORWARD VISIBILITY IMPOSSIBLE. PILOT MADE SUCCESSFUL FORCED LANDING IN OPEN FIELD. ENGINE DISASSEMBLY REVEALED NO.2 FUEL NOZZLE FLOWING LEAN, NO. 2 PISTON BURNED, AND EVIDENCE OF CRANK SHAFT OIL STARVATION.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,PISTON..BURNED

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

FLUID,OIL..STARVATION

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