Accident Tecnam P92 Eaglet N562TU, 28 Sep 2020
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 243437
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Time:19:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic ECHO model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Tecnam P92 Eaglet
Owner/operator:Chesapeake Sport Pilot
Registration: N562TU
MSN: 1562
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Queen Anne's County, Centreville, MD -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Stevensville, MD (W29)
Destination airport:Centerville, MD
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
While in cruise flight at the conclusion of a flight lesson, the airplane suddenly began to vibrate severely. Despite the flight instructor’s efforts, the Rotax 900 series engine eventually lost total power, and he performed a forced landing to a soybean field. During the landing, as the airplane slowed, the nose landing gear dug into the soft earth and separated, and the airplane nosed over.

Examination of the engine revealed that the No. 1 cylinder’s exhaust valve spring retainer was broken, and the exhaust valve had fallen into the No. 1 combustion chamber, which resulted in the loss of power. This valve spring retainer failure was not the first one with a Rotax 900 series engine; in 2017, at the end of a cross country flight, an airplane powered with the same
series engine experienced a total loss of engine power, and the pilot performed a forced landing during which the airplane sustained substantial damage. Examination of that engine revealed the presence of a broken valve spring retainer that had resulted in the loss of power. Additionally, it was discovered that the valve spring retainer displayed evidence of metal fatigue.

Probable Cause: The fatigue failure of the No. 1 cylinder exhaust valve spring retainer due to air trapped in the lubrication system, which resulted in a total loss of engine power.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years 1 month
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

12 Mar 2023 N562TU PT Aviation 0 near Church Hill-Myles Landing Airport, MD (27MD) sub


Revision history:

29-Sep-2020 23:21 Geno Added
10-Nov-2022 08:10 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Category, Accident report]
10-Nov-2022 15:17 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]

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