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NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE REPORT


General Information

Data Source:                          NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
   Report Number:                        DEN87LA182 
   Local Date:                           07/13/1987
   Local Time:                           10:30 CDT
   State:                                ND    
   City:                                 NEW ROCKFORD                       
   Airport Name:                                                  
   Airport Id:                                 
   Event Type:                           ACCIDENT
   Injury Severity:                      NONE   
   Report Status:                        FINAL      
   Mid Air Collision:                    NO 

Operations Information

Category of Operation:                GENERAL AVIATION       
   Aircraft Type:                        AIRPLANE       
   Aircraft Damage:                      SUBSTANTIAL      
   Phase of Flight:                      570 LANDING                                           
   Aircraft Make/Model:                  CESSNA CE-152-XXX               
   Operator Doing Business As:                                         
   Operator Name:                        UNIV. OF NORTH DAKOTA         
   Operator Code:                            
   Operator:                                                                       
   Owner Name:                           UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA    

Narrative

THE STUDENT PLT WAS ON A CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT. HE NOTICED A DROP IN 
   ENGINE RPM. AN ENGINE VIBRATION BEGAN AND ANOTHER AIRCRAFT REPORTED 
   SEEING A SMOKE TRAIL. THE PLT ELEC TED TO MAKE AN OFF AIRPORT LANDING 
   AND SELECTED A WHEAT FIELD. THE PLT MADE AN EMERGENCY BROADCAST AND 
   PERFORM ED A SOFT FIELD LANDING. AFTER TOUCHDOWN, THE NOSE WHEEL SANK 
   INTO THE MUD AND THE ACFT NOSED OVER. A POST CRAS H ENGINE INSPECTION 
   REVEALED EVIDENCE THAT THE NUMBER FOUR PISTON HAD BROKEN.

Sequence of Events

Occurrence #: 1  351 LOSS OF ENGINE POWER (TOTAL) - MECH FAILURE/MALF
   Phase of Operation: 541 CRUISE - NORMAL

           Findings
           Subject - Modifier - Personnel Cause/Factor

   1a.   14008(S) - 1135(M)  Cause
         ENGINE ASSEMBLY, PISTON - FAILURE, TOTAL

   Occurrence #: 2  180 FORCED LANDING
   Phase of Operation: 552 DESCENT - EMERGENCY

           Findings
           Subject - Modifier - Personnel Cause/Factor

   1b.   24545(S) - 3135(M) - 4000(P)
         EMERGENCY PROCEDURE - PERFORMED - PILOT IN COMMAND

   Occurrence #: 3  300 NOSE OVER
   Phase of Operation: 572 LANDING - ROLL

           Findings
           Subject - Modifier - Personnel Cause/Factor

   1a.   19200(S) - 2425(M)  Cause
         TERRAIN CONDITION - SOFT
   2a.   10405(S) - 1221(M)  Cause
         LANDING GEAR, NOSE GEAR - COLLAPSED

Probable Cause


Aircraft Information

Number of Seats:                      2  
   Aircraft Use:                         INSTRUCTIONAL      
   Type of Operation:                    14 CFR 91 
   Domestic/International:                            
   Passenger/Cargo:                                        
   Registration Number:                  95876 
   Air Carrier Operating Certificates:   ON-DEMAND AIR TAXI
   Aircraft Fire:                        NONE

                  Injuries
          Fatal  Serious  Minor  None
   Crew      0       0       0      1
   Pass      0       0       0      0
   Other     0       0       0      0
   Invlvd    0       0       0      1

   Landing Gear:                         TRICYCLE-FIXED
   Certificated Maximum Gross Weight:    1670
   Engine Make:                          LYCOMING     
   Engine Model:                         0-235-N2C    
   Number of Engines:                    1 
   Engine Type:                          RECIPROCATING-CARBURETOR    

Environment/Operations Information

Basic Weather Conditions:             VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (VMC)  
   Wind Direction (deg):                 0
   Wind Speed (knots):                   0
   Visibility (sm):                      20
   Visibility RVR (ft):                  0
   Visibility RVV (sm):                  0
   Cloud Height Above Ground Level (ft): 0
   Visibility Restrictions:              NONE
   Precipitation Type:                   NONE
   Light Condition:                      DAYLIGHT
   Departure Airport Id:                 DVL 
   Departure City:                       DEVILS LAKE
   Departure State:                      ND
   Destination Airport Id:               JMS 
   Destination City:                     JAMESTOWN
   Destination State:                    ND
   Flight Plan Filed:                    VISUAL FLIGHT RULES (VFR)
   ATC Clearance:                        NONE
   VFR Approach/Landing:                 PRECAUTIONARY LANDING
   Event Location:                       OFF AIRPORT/AIRSTRIP

Pilot-in-Command

Certificates:                         STUDENT
   Ratings:
     Plane:                              NONE
     Non-Plane:                          NONE
     Instrument:                         NONE
   Had Current BFR:                      YES
   Months Since Last BFR:                1  
   Medical Certificate:                  CLASS 1
   Medical Certificate Validity:         VALID MEDICAL-NO WAIVERS/LIMITATIONS

              Flight Time (Hours)
   Total       :     25  Last 24 Hrs :    1
   Make/Model  :      5  Last 30 Days:    0
   Instrument  :      1  Last 90 Days:   20
   Multi-Engine:      0  Rotorcraft  :    0

Source: NTSB