NTSB Identification: CHI05CA256.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 07, 2005 in Ellisville, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Boeing A75N1, registration: N52551
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The airplane nosed over during a forced landing after a loss of engine power during cruise flight. The pilot reported that he heard a "real loud bang" and the airplane began "shaking with [unbalanced] engine." The pilot stated that he secured the engine, and performed a forced landing into a soybean field. The pilot reported that the soybean plants wrapped around the main landing gear, causing the airplane to nose over. A post-accident inspection of the engine revealed that the number four connecting rod had fractured.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The loss of engine power due to the failure of the number four connecting rod. A factor to the accident was the soybean crop.
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