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N3901R accident description

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Crash location 42.465278°N, 86.080000°W
Nearest city Pullman, MI
42.483642°N, 86.091419°W
1.4 miles away
Tail number N3901R
Accident date 24 Aug 2008
Aircraft type Cessna 172
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that the purpose of the local flight was to put approximately two hours flight time on the engine after some recent maintenance work. The pilot indicated that takeoff and initial climb were normal. After about 50 minutes of flight, the engine hesitated and began to lose power. The pilot noted an initial drop in engine speed of 200 revolutions per minute (rpm). He established a course toward an intermediate airport approximately 6 miles from his present position. His efforts to restore full engine power were not successful, and the engine ultimately lost all power. He executed a forced landing to a corn field, substantially damaging the airplane. A post accident examination did not reveal any reason for the loss of power to the engine.

NTSB Probable Cause

A complete loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. A contributing factor was the rough terrain encountered during the forced landing.

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