NTSB Identification: MIA83LA035
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 26, 1982 in NEAR OCALA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/26/1983
Aircraft: MAULE M-5-220C, registration: N2VB
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT DURING FLIGHT, THE ENGINE STOPPED AND THE COCKPIT FILLED WITH SMOKE. HE SHUT DOWN FUEL TO THE ENGINE AND STARTED TO GLIDE TOWARD AN AIRPORT, BUT IT WAS TOO FAR AWAY. HE THEN SELECTED A FIELD, BUT HAD TO STAY HIGH ON FINAL APPROACH TO AVOID A TV ANTENNA. THE FIELD SLOPED DOWNHILL AND THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO SLOW THE PLANE ENOUGH TO STOP BEFORE THE END. THEREFORE, HE PULLED THE PLANE UP AND CAME TO REST IN A TREE TOP. THE DOORS WERE JAMMED, SO HE BROKE OUT A WINDOW WITH HIS HANDS. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE CLIMBED OUT AND DOWN A TREE, BUT THE PASSENGER (HIS WIFE) REMAINED IN THE TREE AND WAITED TO BE RESCUED. SHE WENT TO A HOSPITAL WHERE GASOLINE WAS RINSED OFF AND SHE WAS EXAMINED. A TEARDOWN OF THE ENGINE REVEALED THAT THE #3 PISTON PIN, FRANKLIN PN 20504F, HAD FAILED. THE ENGINE HAD A TOTAL OF 367 HRS FLYING TIME.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,PISTON..FAILURE,TOTAL



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DOWNHILL


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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