NTSB Identification: MKC85LA171.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28400.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 28, 1985 in COZAD, NE
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-31A, registration: N6598V
Injuries: 1 Minor,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.
THE PLT REPORTED THAT DURING A DESCENT TO LAND AT KEARNEY, NE, THE ENG LOST POWER & OIL OOZED OUT OF THE COWLING & COVERED MOST OF THE WINDSHIELD. DURING A FORCED LANDING APCH, HE RELEASED HIS SEAT BELT SO HE COULD SEE THRU A SMALL SECTION OF THE WINDSHIELD. AT ABOUT 100 FT AGL, THE PLT NOTED POWER LINES DIRECTLY AHEAD. HE DOVE THE ACFT TO AVOID THE POWER LINES. THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN HARD, BOUNCED & CAME TO REST IN A SOYBEAN FIELD ABOUT 200 FT BEYOND THE INITIAL IMPACT POINT. AN EXAM OF THE ENG REVEALED THAT A #2 CONNECTING ROD BOLT & THE RESPECTIVE ROD CAP HAD FAILED. THE #2 ROD HAD THEN PUNCTURED THE ENG CASE WHICH ALLOWED ENG OIL TO ESCAPE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CONNECTING ROD..FAILURE,TOTAL
WINDOW,FLIGHT COMPARTMENT WINDOW/WINDSHIELD..OTHER
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