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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 234225
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Time:1:50 PM
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-250 Aztec E
Owner/operator:Strong Tower Services LLC Trustee
Registration: N14178
MSN: 27-4743
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Atlantic Ocean off Lower Bogue, Eleuthera -   Bahamas
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:North Eleuthera International Airport (ELH/MYEH)
Destination airport:Cat Island-New Bight Airport (CAT/MYCB)
Investigating agency: AAID Bahamas
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Following a loss of engine power, the aircraft ditched to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Lower Bogue Eleuthera, shortly after takeoff from North Eleuthera Airport (ELH/MYEH), Eleuthera. The airplane sustained unknown damage and the three occupants onboard were not injured during the incident.

Probable Cause
The AAIA has determined the probable cause of the accident as a catastrophic failure of the #3 cylinder of the left engine which severed the fuel line and resulted in an inflight fire that led to the ditching of the aircraft.
Contributing factors which resulted in the failure of the cylinder;
Examination of the broken connecting rod bolt fractured surface revealed, ductile dimples and the absence of any identifiable fatigue features, indicating the bolt likely failed due to sudden overload, as a result of the intact connecting rod bolt rocking back and forth within the connecting rod.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAID Bahamas
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

21-Mar-2020 21:24 Geno Added
22-Mar-2020 08:26 Petropavlovsk Updated [Source, Damage]
19-Nov-2021 07:15 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Time, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Nov-2021 07:15 harro Updated [Accident report]

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