NTSB Identification: CEN13LA111
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Graham, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/13/2014
Aircraft: PIPER L-18C, registration: N3134G
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

The pilot was returning to the airport when the engine experienced a total loss of power. As the pilot maneuvered to perform a forced landing, the engine seized and the propeller stopped. The airplane landed hard, bounced, and nosed over, coming to rest inverted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and rudder. An examination of the engine revealed that a connecting rod failed and broke through the crankcase, which resulted in a loss of oil and the subsequent loss of engine power. The reason for the failure of the connecting rod could not be determined.

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

The failure of an engine connecting rod and the subsequent loss of oil pressure, which resulted in a total loss of engine power.

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