FTW96LA184
FTW96LA184

On April 26, 1996, about 1430 mountain daylight time, a Cessna T210M, N724YY, registered to a private owner, and operated by Gene's Flight School as a Title 14 CFR Part 91 aerial photography flight, was destroyed during a forced landing near El Paso, Texas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed. The commercial pilot and his two passengers were not injured. A person in a pickup truck that the airplane struck received minor injuries. The flight originated from El Paso, Texas, about 1 hour 15 minutes before the accident.

According to a FAA inspector, the airplane was entering a left base for runway 26L at El Paso International Airport when the airplane's engine lost power. A forced landing to Yarbrough street was executed. During the landing roll, the airplane collided with a pickup truck, light poles, and a retaining wall.

Initial examination of the engine by the FAA inspector revealed the #2 cylinder connecting rod had penetrated the case. According to the inspector, the #2 cylinder had been replaced on April 4, 1996, about 9 hours prior to the accident.

An internal inspection of the engine revealed that the #2 main bearing "had very heavy heat damage and melting, and had spun." The #2 rod cap bolts were separated, and the rod cap bearing had heavy wear and was heat discolored.

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