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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172490
Last updated: 12 August 2019
This record is based on the official accident investigation report. It has been locked for editing.

Date:24-DEC-2014
Time:14:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-OCTI
C/n / msn: 32-288
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:near Lorrha, Tipperary County -   Ireland
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Sandown (Isle of Wight),EGHN
Destination airport:Carnmore A'port, Galway, EICM
Investigating agency: AAIU
Narrative:
The single-engined aircraft was on a private flight from the Isle of Wight (UK) to Galway Airport (EICM), with one pilot, three passengers and a pet dog on board. While over the south midlands of Ireland, the aircraft developed engine vibration followed by a loss of engine power and smoke in the aircraft cabin. The pilot, who was also an experienced glider pilot, shut down the engine and performed a forced landing into an agricultural field in County Tipperary. There was no fire and except for minor damage to the engine cowling, the aircraft was undamaged. None of the occupants were injured.

Probable Cause
Detachment of the number five engine cylinder due to the fatigue failure of a number of the cylinder retention studs.
Contributory Factors:
1. Insufficient pre-load on the cylinder retention studs.
2. The presence of corrosion on the studs as a consequence of the loss of the cadmium plating.

Sources:

http://www.aaiu.ie/sites/default/files/report-attachments/REPORT%202016-001.pdf

https://www.rte.ie/news/2014/1224/668879-portumna-plane-crash/
http://web.archive.org/web/20150515140442/http://www.clare.fm/news/no-injuries-tipp-plane-crash
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=93566991

http://www.pbase.com/dhaslam/image/158626581


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Dec-2014 18:00 Geno Added
25-Dec-2014 04:57 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
26-Dec-2014 15:28 Chieftain Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport]
26-Dec-2014 19:38 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Registration]
26-Dec-2014 19:39 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator]
27-Dec-2014 07:31 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
11-Dec-2016 10:13 Aerossurance Updated [Location]
12-Nov-2017 14:36 harro Updated [Time, Source, Damage, Narrative]