NTSB Identification: CEN13IA008
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Sunday, October 07, 2012 in Sandwich, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/24/2013
Aircraft: MUELLER MICHAEL WALTER CHALLENGER II CW SPC, registration: N530MW
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

According to the pilot, the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power after takeoff, and he subsequently executed a forced landing. Examination of the engine revealed that the power takeoff lower rod bearing had failed due to corrosion, damaging the piston and head. A low usage pattern for the engine combined with a failure to follow the engine manufacturer’s recommended preservation instructions led to significant corrosion in the engine.

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

A total loss of engine power due to significant engine corrosion. Contributing to the accident was inadequate engine maintenance.

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