NTSB Identification: MIA01LA032.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, November 21, 2000 in Wewahitchka, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/02/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-32RT-300, registration: N9658C
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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The pilot smelled something, and when he checked the instruments he noticed that the oil pressure had decreased. He elected to make a force landing in rough terrain. At touchdown the landing gear tore off causing damage to the wings. Examination of the engine revealed that the number 5 cylinder connecting rod had separated at the rod cap.

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

a loss of engine power due to the number 5 cylinder connecting rod separating at the rod cap, resulting in a forced landing and subsequent impact with rough uneven terrain.

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