November 6, 2007, Durbin, W.V., Piper PA-18-135


The airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing at 1253 Eastern time. The commercial pilot was not injured; visual conditions prevailed.

During a repositioning flight, the pilot noticed oil coming out of the engine. He decided to perform a forced landing to a field, during which the airplane impacted a tree, substantially damaging the right wing and fuselage. Examination revealed the engine crankshaft oil seal was partially dislodged, and protruding from the front of the engine case.


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