NTSB Identification: LAX85LA361.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29301.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 21, 1985 in BUCKEYE, AZ
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164A, registration: N5297
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 HAD JUST COMPLETED A SPRAY RUN AND WAS EXECUTING A PROCEDURE TURN WHEN THE ENGINE'S NO. 8 CYLINDER CONNECTING ROD FAILED. ENGINE OIL COVERED THE WINDSHIELD. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO LAND ON THE DEPARTURE AIRSTRIP BUT HE COULD NOT ALIGN THE ACFT WITH THE DIRT STRIP DUE TO THE PLT FORWARD VISIION BEING OBSTRUCTED. ON TOUCHDOWN, THE ACFT WHEELS DUG INTO THE SOFT DIRT AREA CAUSING THE ACFT TO NOSE OVER ONTO ITS BACK. THERE WAS NO POST IMPACT FIRE. THE CONNECTING ROD FRACTURE MODE COULD NOT BE DETERMINED; THE FRACTURE SURFACE WAS OBLITERATED.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CONNECTING ROD..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT

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