IAD97LA002
IAD97LA002

On October 5, 1996, at about 1300 eastern daylight time (EDT), N6741S, a Cessna 150H, lost engine power and made a forced landing in a cornfield near Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. The certificated commercial pilot, the sole occupant, reported no injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage when it nosed over during the landing roll. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The personal flight originated in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, at 1250 EDT. The destination was Shamokin, Pennsylvania.

The pilot reported that about 10 minutes after departure as the airplane was climbing through 2200 feet msl, the engine lost power. His attempts to restart the engine using the emergency procedures were unsuccessful. He stated that he made a forced landing in a farmers field, and during the landing the airplane nosed over.

The airplane was examined after the accident by a Federal Aviation Administration Safety Inspector. The Inspector stated that the examination revealed that the four bolts that hold the crankshaft cluster gear to the crankshaft were missing. The accessory gear box cover was removed and the cluster gear rotated freely. The Inspector stated that the bolts were removed and it was revealed that one of the bolts failed due to fatigue in the threaded area. According to the Inspector the engine had over 356 hours since overhaul, and the pilot/owner reported that the prior owner had the engine overhauled prior to his purchase.

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