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    Default Dont see one like this every day...

    IDENTIFICATION
    Date: 10-OCT-15
    Time: 03:40:00Z
    Regis#: N3341M
    Aircraft Make: PIPER
    Aircraft Model: PA12
    Event Type: Incident
    Highest Injury: None
    Aircraft Missing:
    Damage: Minor
    LOCATION
    City: ILIAMNA
    State: Alaska
    Country:
    DESCRIPTION
    Description: AIRCRAFT DURING FLIGHT, PART OF THE PROPELLER SEPARATED AND FORCE LANDED, 16 MILES FROM ILIAMNA, ALASKA
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    A friend was flying two tourists in a Waco biplane (replica but with a 7 cylinder Jacobs radial engine) circling over the Pu'u o'o vent (active lava pond) on Hawaii Island when he suddenly lost thrust even though the engine was running. He caught a fleeting glimpse of something disappearing up to the right. Then realized that the prop had come off. There was no place to land from less than 500 feet agl. He glided to the old jagged hummocky a'a flows beneath with no place to put it down unscathed.The front landing gear was sheared off on the first hummock. The airplane came to rest on the down side of the next hummock, but was up on it's right side almost tipping over with the right wing broken almost off. He said that he was giving it full left aileron until he realized they were stopped.The plane settled back onto it's belly. No one was injured. Some avgas was leaking and the two front-seat passengers leaped out and tried to run on the jagged a'a. They got cut up a bit but not seriously. The plane didn't burn, but never flew again.
    It was a wooden prop and had some kind of a simple threaded and pinned locking mechanism to keep the prop on.
    It had apparently failed or been improperly secured.

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