NTSB Identification: FTW97LA129.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, March 19, 1997 in FORT COLLINS, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/25/1997
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140B, registration: N98150
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The engine lost power shortly after takeoff and the pilot made a forced landing. The engine was later functionally tested and it operated normally. After disassembling the carburetor, the accelerator pump was found to function normally, and the metal float moved freely. There was no evidence that the float may have shifted and was binding against the housing. There were no obstructions in the one-piece venturi. The pilot said he was thoroughly familiar with the operation of the fuel selector.

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

a total loss of power for reasons undetermined. A factor was unsuitable terrain for a forced landing.

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