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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : t17|
airport : iws
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 3000|
msl bound upper : 3000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : iah|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute : direct|
enroute : on vectors
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||aircraft equipment other aircraft equipment : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||controller : provided flight assist|
flight crew : declared emergency
none taken : unable
In 12/88 I was flying eastbound into houston weiser. Approximately 15 mi out from weiser my oil annunciator panel light came on. I noticed at that time my oil pressure gauge indicated pressure was nil. Because the engine temperature was in the normal operating range, I decided to attempt to continue my flight as planned to weiser. At approximately 10 mi out of weiser, my engine began running rough and began to cut out altogether. The engine cut out 3 different times, restarted each time after I worked the throttle and magneto switch. I realized after the first time the engine cut out that it was questionable whether the engine would continue operating long enough to reach houston weiser, and began planning an approach into west houston lakeside airport. I next called houston approach in order to determine an exact heading and distance to west houston lakeside. Houston approach provided me with the heading and distance and I made a safe landing at west houston lakeside. I subsequently was told the engine had 0# compression in 1 cylinder which was the probable cause of the loss of engine oil.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA EMERGENCY LNDG DUE ENGINE FAILURE.
Narrative: IN 12/88 I WAS FLYING EBND INTO HOUSTON WEISER. APPROX 15 MI OUT FROM WEISER MY OIL ANNUNCIATOR PANEL LIGHT CAME ON. I NOTICED AT THAT TIME MY OIL PRESSURE GAUGE INDICATED PRESSURE WAS NIL. BECAUSE THE ENG TEMP WAS IN THE NORMAL OPERATING RANGE, I DECIDED TO ATTEMPT TO CONTINUE MY FLT AS PLANNED TO WEISER. AT APPROX 10 MI OUT OF WEISER, MY ENG BEGAN RUNNING ROUGH AND BEGAN TO CUT OUT ALTOGETHER. THE ENG CUT OUT 3 DIFFERENT TIMES, RESTARTED EACH TIME AFTER I WORKED THE THROTTLE AND MAGNETO SWITCH. I REALIZED AFTER THE FIRST TIME THE ENG CUT OUT THAT IT WAS QUESTIONABLE WHETHER THE ENG WOULD CONTINUE OPERATING LONG ENOUGH TO REACH HOUSTON WEISER, AND BEGAN PLANNING AN APCH INTO WEST HOUSTON LAKESIDE ARPT. I NEXT CALLED HOUSTON APCH IN ORDER TO DETERMINE AN EXACT HDG AND DISTANCE TO WEST HOUSTON LAKESIDE. HOUSTON APCH PROVIDED ME WITH THE HDG AND DISTANCE AND I MADE A SAFE LNDG AT WEST HOUSTON LAKESIDE. I SUBSEQUENTLY WAS TOLD THE ENG HAD 0# COMPRESSION IN 1 CYLINDER WHICH WAS THE PROBABLE CAUSE OF THE LOSS OF ENG OIL.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.