NTSB Identification: NYC01LA135.
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Accident occurred Thursday, May 31, 2001 in Evesham Twp., NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/27/2001
Aircraft: Musso Nieuport 24, registration: N1893
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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About 10 minutes after takeoff, while in cruise flight about 1,400 feet msl., the pilot heard a "loud bang" and experienced severe vibration. He then shut down the engine and performed a forced landing to a field. Examination of the wreckage that one of the airplane's wooden propeller blades had split down it's longitudinal axis and separated in-flight. The propeller was uncertificated and built specifically for the airplane, which was a replica of a World War I fighter. The airplane, engine, and propeller had been operated for about 3 hours of flight time, and 5 to 7 hours of ground tests.

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

An in-flight propeller failure, which resulted in a forced landing.

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