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Patrick Panzera <panzera@...>
I had the crank from a 3500 hour TT (1400 SMOH*, just a few hours out of annual)toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
O-360 A3A in a Cherokee 180, snap in half and jamb itself up in the crankcase
webbing (the engine completely stopped and would not turn by hand) while under
the hood, on a full power missed approach. Fortunately we had enough altitude to
make "the impossible turn" from the x-wind departure leg, and landed back on the
opposite runway from which we had just over flown.
Had it been actual IMC, I'd probably be dead now. Had we been 100'-300' lower,
the plane would be broken now. We were lucky.
Long and short of it, engines can and WILL bust, be they auto conversions or
certified. There is no certification fairy that will magically protect you if
you fly certified, or will cast an evil spell on you if you fly an auto
BTW, I've never had a car engine bust on me... ever. I've worn them out, I've
had system failures, I've run out of gas, but I've never had one seize on me or
fail in any way, as long as spark and fuel were being properly fed to it.
*hours are from memory