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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 144893
Last updated: 6 May 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172S Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Air America Flight Center Llc
Registration: N375LP
C/n / msn: 172S9375
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Ormond Beach Municipal Airport - KOMN, FL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Daytona Beach, FL
Destination airport:Daytona Beach, FL (DAB)
Upon reaching a cruise altitude of 3,000 feet, the engine began to run rough and make loud noises. The flight instructor assumed control of the airplane, and the engine subsequently lost all power. Oil was present on the windscreen. The instructor performed a forced landing in a nearby field where the nose gear contacted a ditch, resulting in a nose over and substantial damage to the airframe. Initial examination of the engine revealed a hole on the lower case and the camshaft partially protruding from the upper case. Suspecting a failure of the No. 4 piston, it and cylinder were subsequently examined; all fracture surfaces showed signs of overstress; however, there was no indication of preexisting mechanical damage that would have led to progressive failure, including fatigue. No corrosion or chemical degradation was found on the piston fracture surfaces. Accordingly, the initiating event that led to the catastrophic failure of the engine could not be determined.
Probable Cause: A total loss of engine power due to a catastrophic engine failure, the origin of which could not be determined during postaccident examination.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

09-Apr-2012 12:54 gerard57 Added
09-Apr-2012 14:47 RobertMB Updated
10-Apr-2012 08:23 RobertMB Updated
10-Apr-2012 09:00 Geno Updated
04-May-2012 17:13 Geno Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated
27-Nov-2017 20:37 ASN Update Bot Updated

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