NTSB Identification: ANC83LA021
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, December 13, 1982 in GAMBELL, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/13/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N8225Y
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ON 12/12/82, THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED ON A FLIGHT FROM SAVOONGA TO NOME, AK. AFTER DEPARTURE, THE PILOT NOTED A PROBLEM WITH THE LEFT ENGINE AND DIVERTED TO GAMBELL, AK. WHILE EN ROUTE TO GAMBELL, THERE WAS A GRADUAL LOSS OF OIL PRESSURE. AFTER LANDING, THE PILOT NOTICED THE OIL FILLER CAP WAS MISSING AND FOUND NO OIL INDICATION OF THE DIPSTICK. A MECHANIC ADDED 7 QTS OF OIL. AN OIL CAP FROM ANOTHER VEHICLE WAS PLACED ON THE OIL FILLER NECK AND SECURED WITH DUCT TAPE AND SAFETY WIRE. REPORTEDLY, THE ENGINE WAS OPERATIONALLY CHECKED AND NO DISCREPANCIES WERE NOTED. THE PILOT TOOK OFF AND TRIED TO FILE AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN, BUT ENCOUNTERED FREEZING RAIN. HE DECIDED TO RETURN TO GAMBELL, AND WHILE RETURNING NOTICED THE LEFT ENGINE OIL PRESSURE WAS DROPPING. AFTER THE LEFT ENGINE WAS SHUT DOWN, ICE BEGAN ACCUMULATING ON THE WINDSHIELD AND RIGHT WINDOWS. THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN 25 DEG LEFT OF THE RUNWAY HEADING AND STRUCK A GRAVEL/SNOW BERM BESIDE THE RUNWAY. THE NO 1 CYLINDER HAD NO COMPRESSION, A HOLE WAS FOUND IN THE PISTON.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,PISTON..FAILURE,PARTIAL

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

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..INADEQUATE..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

MAINTENANCE..IMPROPER..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WINDOW,FLIGHT COMPARTMENT WINDOW/WINDSHIELD..ICE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TEMPERATURE EXTREMES


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS



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