NTSB Identification: DEN92LA075.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 46779.
Accident occurred Friday, July 24, 1992 in NEDERLAND, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-200R, registration: N75350
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE ON A CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT AT 11,500 FEET OVER MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN THE ENGINE BEGAN RUNNING ROUGH. THE PILOT REVERSED COURSE AND SET UP FOR A FORCED LANDING IN A CLEARING IN A SMALL VALLEY. DURING THE FINAL PORTION OF THE APPROACH, THE ENGINE SMOOTHED OUT; HOWEVER, THE VALLEY WAS TOO SMALL FOR AN EXIT TO BE ACCOMPLISHED. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO LAND ON A ROAD, BUT A WING TIP CAUGHT AND THE AIRPLANE IMPACTED INTO TREES. NO MECHANICAL OR SYSTEM FAILURE/MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND DURING AIRCRAFT EXAMINATION.

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

A PARTIAL LOSS OF POWER FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS. A FACTOR WAS: NO SUITABLE TERRAIN FOR A FORCED LANDING.

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