NTSB Identification: NYC08CA058.
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Accident occurred Saturday, December 08, 2007 in White Plains, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/2008
Aircraft: Fisher Aero Celebrity, registration: N43682
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.

During cruise flight, the pilot of an amateur built airplane noticed that the airplane began to vibrate. He applied carburetor heat, and then checked the magnetos to see if they were functioning properly, but the vibration persisted. Moments later, the vibration became worse, and the wooden propeller came apart. The pilot shut down the engine and made a forced landing in a field. After touchdown, the landing gear collapsed, and the airplane received substantial damage. The pilot had recently purchased the airplane, and had flown it for approximately 55 minutes prior to the accident. According to the pilot, the airplane's original logbooks had been misplaced, and new ones were begun prior to the sale. The airplane's total time in service was estimated to be 190 hours. No entries regarding propeller inspections or propeller maintenance were noted in the new logbooks.

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

A propeller failure during cruise flight.

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