FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01
NTSB Identification: CEN16LA234
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 24, 2016 in Alamogordo, NM
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN NAVION, registration: N91137
Injuries: 2 Minor.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On June 24, 2016, about 1000 mountain daylight time, a North American Aviation Navion airplane, N91137, made a forced landing near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The commercial rated pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed.
According to the responding Federal aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the airplane made a forced landing to field and then came to rest on a road. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The pilot stated to the FAA inspector that smoke entered the cabin and the engine was "barely" rotating when he made a forced landing. The inspector examined the engine and confirmed that the Continental Motors IO-520B engine No. 5 exhaust valve failed and was ingested into the engine. The No. 5 cylinder was damaged and the engine crankcase was cracked.
The airplane has been retained for further examination.