On Friday, March 3, 1995, about 0030 eastern standard time, a Cessna 175, N7175M, piloted and owned by James W. Milroy, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Quantico, Virginia. The pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. There was no flight plan for the flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

The pilot stated that he departed Hyde Field, Clinton, Maryland, destined for Blackstone, Virginia. While in cruise flight at 2000 feet mean sea level, he noticed a loss of power and observed no oil pressure indication.

The pilot initiated a forced landing and ditched the airplane in the Potomac River, near the shore line. The airplane came to rest right-side-up in approximately 4 feet of water.

The Federal Aviation Administration Inspector's report stated:

...Upon inspecting the engine, a hole approximately 3" in diameter was found in the upper part of the crank case. Part of the number 3 connecting rod was laying on top of the engine....

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