NTSB Identification: SEA07CA102.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 17, 2007 in Red Lodge, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2007
Aircraft: North American Aviation Div. T-28C, registration: N464SB
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 pilot stated that he had just departed and had adjusted the engine controls for 36 inches of manifold pressure and 2,400 revolutions per minute for climb. He said that he turned to a north heading when the engine lost power. The pilot said that he attempted to land back at the airport, but ended up landing in an open field. He said the engine separated from the airframe and the empennage partially separated from the fuselage. The pilot said that the engine had been overhauled approximately 20 hours before the accident. The pilot reported that he fueled the airplane on March 14, 2007, with 63 gallons of fuel; he said, "both sides were topped off." He said that on March 21, 2007, he flew the airplane for approximately one hour, and on April 14, 2007, he flew the airplane again for approximately one hour. A postaccident evaluation of the engine was not completed. The reason for the loss of engine power was not determined.

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

The lack of suitable terrain for a forced landing. Contributing factors were the loss of engine power during takeoff for undetermined reasons, and rough/uneven condition of the terrain.

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