Accident Piper PA-46-310P Malibu N4389W, Sunday 2 January 2000
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Date:Sunday 2 January 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-46-310P Malibu
Registration: N4389W
MSN: 46-8508050
Total airframe hrs:3640 hours
Engine model:Continental TSIO-520-BE
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Odessa, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Odessa Schlemeyer Field, TX (KODO)
Destination airport:Clovis, NM (CVN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane was climbing through 9,000 feet, after departure, when the engine lost total power. The pilot attempted to restart the engine, but was unsuccessful and executed a forced landing north of the departure airport. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that there was a hole in the engine crankcase behind the #2 cylinder and the #1 piston pin had separated at its midpoint. Further, examination of the engine revealed that the #1 piston pin failed as a result of fatigue and the #1 connecting rod bushing (piston pin end) was found fragmented in the oil sump.
Probable Cause: The separation of the #1 piston pin due to fatigue, which resulted in a total loss of engine power. A factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: FTW00LA057
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
07-Mar-2009 10:54 harro Updated
12-Dec-2017 18:18 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Dec-2021 17:25 harro Updated [Departure airport]
27-Apr-2024 17:37 Nepa Updated [Location, Operator]

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