NTSB Identification: CHI01LA303.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 01, 2001 in Sheldon, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/23/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 172N, registration: N5593E
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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The airplane experienced a rough running engine 1/4 mile from the approach end of runway 33 (4,199 feet by 75 feet, concrete) at an altitude of 1,581 feet above the airport. The pilot reported being too high and fast while landing on runway 33 with 20 degrees of flaps, so he executed a go around which was then followed by a total loss of engine power. The airplane landed in a dry corn field and came to rest inverted. The private pilot had a total flight time of 119 hours. The Flight Training Handbook cites techniques for performing an emergency landing and also states that the eagerness to get down is one of the most common faults of inexperienced pilots during simulated forced landings resulting in excessive speed to permit a safe landing. Examination of the engine revealed an ingested exhaust valve from the number two cylinder.

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

the in-flight planning/decision and proper touchdown point not attained by the pilot. Contributing factors were the ingested exhaust valve and lack of experience of the pilot.

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