NTSB Identification: ERA13LA268
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 01, 2013 in Fredericksburg, PA
Aircraft: MAULE M-4-220C, registration: N40337
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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On June 1, 2013, about 0830 eastern daylight time, a Maule M-4-220C, N40337, operated by a private individual, was substantially damaged during a forced landing, after it experienced a total loss of engine power shortly after takeoff from the Farmers Pride Airport (9N7), Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania. The airline transport pilot sustained minor injuries and a passenger was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the local personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot reported that he departed 9N7 and had climbed to an altitude of 2,500 feet mean sea level, when the engine began to vibrate and lose power. In addition, the cabin began to fill with white smoke. The pilot shut-down the engine and performed a forced landing to a soy bean field. During the landing roll, the airplane entered a wheat field and nosed over, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage and vertical stabilizer.

The airplane was equipped with a Franklin 6A-350-C1, 220-horsepower engine. Initial examination of the engine by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the No. 4 cylinder head was partially separated and the No. 4 cylinder piston was displaced. The engine was retained for further examination.

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