Accident Cessna 140 N3585V,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 201881
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Date:Sunday 3 January 1999
Time:17:27 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C140 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 140
Owner/operator:Russell T. Evans
Registration: N3585V
MSN: 14750
Total airframe hrs:817 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-235-C1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Santa Barbara, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Santa Paula, CA (SZP
Destination airport:(KSBA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane was performing touch-and-go landings and had just lifted off to climb on the runway heading when the engine abruptly lost power at 150 feet above ground level. The pilot attempted to execute a turn and lower the nose to maintain airspeed. The engine was faltering and producing partial power, then cycling and producing no power. The pilot did not have sufficient altitude to make the runway and the airplane nosed over and came to rest in a marsh located near the runway. Examination of the engine found that the right magneto to engine timing was 17 degrees before top dead center of cylinder number one. The Lycoming engine data plate specifies that the engine to magneto timing be set at 25 degrees. The left magneto was inoperative and further investigation found that the primary coil circuit was internally shorted. Review of the maintenance records disclosed that the last annual inspection was accomplished on May 5, 1998, about 40 hours prior to the accident. No entries were found detailing maintenance on the magnetos after the annual.

Probable Cause: A loss of engine power due to an internal left magneto coil primary circuit short. Factors were insufficient altitude and inadequate terrain to make an emergency landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX99LA067
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

26-Nov-2017 09:37 ASN Update Bot Added
08-Apr-2024 11:09 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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