NTSB Identification: MIA95LA048.
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Accident occurred Thursday, December 22, 1994 in LA BELLE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N41774
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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DURING CRUISE FLIGHT, THE NUMBER 3 CYLINDER EXHAUST VALVE FAILED FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS RESULTING IN THE PARTIAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER. UNABLE TO MAINTAIN ALTITUDE, THE PILOT PERFORMED A FORCED LANDING ON A ROAD AND DURING THE LANDING ROLL, THE LEFT WING COLLIDED WITH A SECTION OF A BRIDGE.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PARTIAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DUE TO TOTAL FAILURE OF THE NO. 3 CYLINDER EXHAUST VALVE FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS. ALSO, UNSUITABLE TERRAIN ENCOUNTERED DURING THE FORCED LANDING.

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