NTSB Identification: MKC83FA064.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20408.
Accident occurred Monday, February 07, 1983 in VICHY, MO
Aircraft: CESSNA 310F, registration: N202JM
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 PLT STATED THAT SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, AT 500 FT AGL, THE LEFT PROP FEATHERED BY ITSELF, THEN THE LEFT ENGINE QUIT & HE WAS UNABLE TO RESTART IT. HE ELECTED TO DIVERT TO ROLLA, MO & LAND AT THE NATIONAL ARPT WHICH HAD A LONGER RWY. WHILE EN ROUTE, HE RADIOED THAT THE ACFT WOULD NOT MAINTAIN ALT, THEN REPORTED THAT THE RIGHT ENGINE WAS SMOKING. FSS PERSONNEL SAW SMOKE FROM THE ACFT & STARTED THE FIRE/RESCUE PROCEDURE. AFTER THE RIGHT ENGINE LOST POWER, THE ACFT STRUCK TREES, CRASHED & BURNED. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE ACFT HAD BEEN FUELED WITH UNLEADED 87 OCTANE AUTO FUEL. THE OWNER HAD OBTAINED 500 GAL OF UNLEADED AUTO FUEL ON 11/11/82. AN EXAM OF THE LEFT ENGINE REVEALED EROSION OF THE #1, #5 & #6 PISTON CROWNS, BLACK OIL WITH ALUMINUM FRAGMENTS & SILICONE RUBBER GASKET CEMENT, AND OVER HEATING OF THE #4 & #5 MAIN BEARINGS. THE RIGHT ENGINE HAD DETONATION DAMAGE ON THE #3 PISTON, FLAME PATH THRU THE #4 CYLINDER (UNDER THE EXHAUST VALVE), MELTED ALUMINUM ON THE VALVE HEADS & PISTON CROWNS, 2 BRKN RINGS, OTR DISCREPANCIES.

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

FLUID,FUEL GRADE..IMPROPER

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

MAINTENANCE,SERVICE OF AIRCRAFT/EQUIPMENT..IMPROPER..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT

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

POWERPLANT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,PISTON..OTHER

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,PISTON..OTHER

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CYLINDER..BURNED

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,RING..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY..OVERTEMPERATURE

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

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE,TWO OR MORE ENGINES..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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