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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146461
Last updated: 17 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth II
Registration: N523R
C/n / msn: 82960
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near the intersection of Jurupa Avenue and Poplar Street, Fontana, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Flabob, CA (KRIR)
Destination airport:Upland, CA (KCCB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
During cruise flight, the engine lost partial power. The pilot performed a forced landing into a field, and the airplane nosed over. Postaccident examination of the engine revealed that a rocker bracket assembly clamping bolt had failed in fatigue, causing the assembly to partially detach from the cylinder head. The detachment prevented the exhaust valve from actuating. Peening damage sustained to the bolt revealed that it most likely failed during a prior flight, at an undetermined time before the ultimate displacement of the bracket assembly.
No airworthiness directives existed for the antique engine, which was overhauled 46 years prior to the accident. However, a “modification news sheet” was issued by the manufacturer 16 years before the overhaul, which detailed a design change intended to preclude the failure of the clamping bolts. The modification was not performed on the failed cylinder; however, the three other cylinders exhibited an undocumented modification to their rocker valve assemblies, which appeared to perform the same function.
Probable Cause: Partial loss of engine power during cruise flight due to a failed engine cylinder rocker assembly clamping bolt. Contributing to the accident was the failure of unknown maintenance personnel to perform a modification to the assembly that would have prevented the failure.



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Revision history:

24-Jun-2012 03:52 gerard57 Added
24-Jun-2012 06:37 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:45 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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