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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207779
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Date:17-MAR-2018
Time:14:24
Type:Silhouette image of generic BOLT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Steen Skybolt
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N27265
MSN: WHB-2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:NE of Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD), Punta Gorda, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Punta Gorda-Charlotte County Airport, FL (PGD/KPGD)
Destination airport:Punta Gorda-Charlotte County Airport, FL (PGD/KPGD)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The commercial pilot was flying the airplane on the first flight of a 10-hour break-in period after an engine overhaul. The preflight inspection and ground operations were normal, with no signs of oil leaks. About 35 minutes into the flight, oil appeared on both windscreens, blocking the pilotís forward visibility; the windscreens eventually became completely covered with oil. The pilot contacted tower personnel, who cleared him to land. The engine then lost partial power. Tower personnel reported smoke coming from the engine. Unable to make the runway, the pilot chose to land the airplane in a field. After landing, the airplane collided with a ditch and came to rest. The engine caught fire, and the pilot egressed the airplane. A postcrash fire consumed most of the wreckage.

Examination of the engine revealed a large hole in the top of the engine case adjacent to the No. 2 cylinder. The No. 2 connecting rod was fractured at the crankshaft. The connecting rod failure was likely the result of oil starvation to the crankshaft. Extensive postcrash fire damage to the engine, hoses, and accessories prevented investigators from determining the source of the oil leak.


Probable Cause: A substantial oil leak, which resulted in a partial loss of engine power and failure of the No. 2 connecting rod.

Sources:

NTSB

FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N27265

https://flightaware.com/photos/view/1158550-54981e938f193bdc53cc3237f08d3cb96a9d0c84/aircrafttype/

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Final report
Location


Images:


Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Mar-2018 23:30 Geno Added
19-Mar-2018 19:03 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Registration, Nature, Source, Narrative]
13-Sep-2018 18:39 Iceman 29 Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Jun-2019 07:29 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]
01-Jun-2019 19:23 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Photo]

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