NTSB Identification: ERA13LA112
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, January 11, 2013 in Brandon, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/11/2014
Aircraft: CESSNA T182, registration: N9454H
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 airplane was climbing through about 3,000 feet mean sea level when it began to vibrate, and oil covered the windscreen. The pilot chose to perform and off-airport landing to an empty field. During landing, the airplane impacted the ground in a flat-pitch attitude, which resulted in the left wing buckling. A subsequent examination of the engine revealed that the No. 2 cylinder’s aluminum-clad rod bearing had failed. The bearing likely failed due to progressive cracking and spalling or delamination within the bearing. The No. 3 cylinder’s bearing exhibited similar cracking and delamination. It is likely that the failure of the No. 2 cylinder’s rod bearing resulted in a total loss of engine power.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
Failure of the No. 2 cylinder’s rod bearing, which resulted in a total loss of engine power.
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