NTSB Identification: NYC01LA221.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 02, 2001 in Farmington, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/18/2003
Aircraft: de Havilland DHC-94 Moth Minor, registration: N9403
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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During the decent from cruise altitude, the pilot heard a loud bang, and the airplane began to shutter violently. The pilot shut down the engine and slowed the airplane to stop the propeller from windmilling. A forced landing was then made to an up-sloping field. After the airplane touched down in the field, it encountered 1-foot high windrows, collapsing the main landing gear. Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that about 22 inches of one of the wooden propeller blades was missing. The inspector observed that the remaining portions of the propeller were painted with black paint, and that the wood was dry and brittle. Dark spots were also visible in the areas of the separation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The in-flight separation of a propeller blade, which resulted in a forced landing to unsuitable terrain. A factor related to the accident was the plowed field. Full narrative available
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