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N4652Y accident description

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Crash location 47.787500°N, 99.936111°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Harvey, ND
48.850000°N, 98.300390°W
105.1 miles away
Tail number N4652Y
Accident date 20 Aug 2015
Aircraft type Piper Pa 25-235
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On August 20, 2015, about 1900 central daylight time, a Piper PA-25 Pawnee airplane, N4652Y, experienced a loss of engine power and made a forced landing in a field near Harvey, North Dakota. The commercial pilot was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by Jake's Flying Service of Harvey, North Dakota, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from a private strip near Harvey, North Dakota about 1855.

The pilot reported that while en route to the destination field, he heard noise from the engine and noticed a loss of power as the engine shuddered. He made a forced landing to a wheat field. During the landing roll the left main landing gear collapsed and the airplane skidded to a stop. The left wing skin was wrinkled. The pilot reported that prior to the accident flight he noticed a "wheezing" sound coming from the engine. He recalled that in a previous conversation with a mechanic, the mechanic stated that the "wheezing" could be a valve issue. The pilot reported that an annual inspection was completed on May 23, 2015, but no maintenance inspection was completed after the "wheezing" sound was noticed.

A local mechanic conducted a postaccident engine examination which revealed two significant findings. The right magneto was "dead" and would not produce a spark at any of the terminals. The No. 2 and No. 6 cylinders did not pass the compression checks. The examination did not reveal any other anomalies.

NTSB Probable Cause

The partial loss of engine power due to a failed magneto and two cylinders with low compression. Contributing to the accident was the pilot/owner’s decision to operate the airplane with an ongoing engine issue.

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