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Year of Manufacture



 Piston - R1340


 Cordova, Alaska




 Thomas J Prijatel


 Box 1516, Cordova, Alaska 99574

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BTSB Accident Report


NTSB Identification: ANC01LA138. The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number DMS.
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 07, 2001 in Cordova, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 7/25/02
Aircraft: de Havilland DHC-3, registration: N254AW
Injuries: 1 Minor, 8 Uninjured.

The certificated commercial pilot with eight passengers aboard was in cruise flight when he heard a loud bang as the engine began to run rough and lose power. As the pilot was performing engine emergency procedures, he smelled smoke in the cabin, and noted that the oil pressure was rapidly decreasing. During the subsequent forced landing in a marshy, muskeg-covered area, the airplane nosed over, and sustained substantial damage to right wing strut, engine firewall, and empennage. When the engine was disassembled, the exhaust valve within the number one cylinder was found fractured.