NTSB Identification: DFW05CA238.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 14, 2005 in Paris, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2006
Aircraft: Cessna A188B, registration: N9640G
Injuries: 1 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 10,300-hour commercial pilot was conducting an aerial application flight. During the flight the airplane's engine experienced a drop in RPM. The pilot elected to return to the airport. While en route, the engine experienced a drop in manifold pressure and a emitted a large puff of smoke from the engine. The engine subsequently experienced a total loss of power and the pilot executed an emergency landing to a pasture. Upon roll out the airplane struck a barbwire fence and came to rest in an upright position. Examination of the engine revealed a hole on the top of the engine case, consistent with a connecting rod failure. The engine was found to have accumulated a total time of 766 hours, with 122 hours since its last inspection.

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

The loss of engine power due the failure of a connecting rod. A contributing factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.

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