NTSB Identification: ATL86FA037.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29799.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 07, 1985 in CLOVER, SC
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N5388F
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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.

THE AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED AN ENGINE FAILURE DURING CRUISE FLIGHT AND ATTEMPTED AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN A FIELD. DURING LANDING ROLL THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH SMALL TREES ON THE FAR END OF THE FIELD. POST-CRASH EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE DISCLOSED THAT THE BOLT WHICH HELD THE CRANKSHAFT DRIVE GEAR IN PLACE WAS LOOSE, ALLOWING THE DRIVE GEAR TO ROTATE AND BREAK THE DOWEL PIN.

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

MAINTENANCE,OVERHAUL..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CRANKSHAFT..LOOSE



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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