NTSB Identification: CHI02LA106.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 31, 2002 in Fulton, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/13/2003
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-235, registration: N9060W
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

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While in cruise flight there was a loss of oil pressure resulting in a loss of engine power and seizure of the engine crankshaft. The airplane was damaged during a forced landing into a muddy agricultural field. Post-accident investigation of the engine revealed the number 5 connecting rod bearing had excessive clearance.

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

A loss of engine power due to excessive clearance of the connecting rod bearing resulting in engine seizure. A related factor was the muddy field.

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