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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179988
Last updated: 11 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150F
Registration: N8529G
C/n / msn: 15062629
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Discovery Bay Golf Course, Port Townsend, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Port Townsend, WA (0S9)
Destination airport:Burlington, WA (BVS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane, flown by a commercial pilot, had just departed for a local flight when witnesses observed it overhead and heard its engine sputtering and backfiring. One witness reported that he thought he heard the engine stop completely. Another witness reported seeing the airplane go out of sight behind a stand of trees and then hearing the sound of a crash.

Postaccident disassembly and examination of the engine revealed that all four crankshaft gear retaining bolts had failed in their threaded portions, which had resulted in separation of the crankshaft gear from the crankshaft. Two of the crankshaft gear retaining bolts exhibited gross plastic deformation in their shank portions, and both of these bolts exhibited fractures consistent with overstress. The other two bolts did not exhibit gross plastic deformation, and both of these bolts exhibited flat fractures and crack arrest marks consistent with fatigue fractures. Further, the crankshaft gear dowel pin was fractured, and examination of the pin revealed that it had failed due to fatigue, which could only occur if the crankshaft gear bolts were loose during engine operation. The total time on the engine since its most recent overhaul was 41.4 hours. Although the mechanic who performed the overhaul stated that he had used a calibrated torque wrench to properly torque the bolts during the overhaul process, the loose condition of the crankshaft gear retaining bolts was most likely due to the bolts not being correctly tightened during the overhaul.

Probable Cause: The loss of engine power due to the mechanic's inadequate tightening of the crankshaft gear retaining bolts during an engine overhaul, which resulted in fatigue failure of the bolts and the crankshaft gear dowel pin that allowed the crankshaft gear to separate from the crankshaft.


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Revision history:

28-Sep-2015 21:42 Geno Added
28-Sep-2015 21:55 Geno Updated [Date]
29-Sep-2015 16:11 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
10-Oct-2015 16:51 Geno Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 15:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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