CEN09CA283
CEN09CA283

During initial takeoff from a private airfield, the single-engine agricultural airplane experienced a substantial loss of engine power. The pilot was unable to restore engine power and performed a forced landing to a field. During the landing roll-out the airplane collided with a levy, nosed over, and caught fire. The pilot was able to egress the airplane uninjured before the airplane was consumed by the post-impact fire. The airplane had been fully fueled and loaded with applicant. An inspection of the engine revealed that the #8 cylinder assembly cracked through the spark plug holes resulting in the cylinder head separating from the barrel in-flight.

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