NTSB Identification: MIA92LA038.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45631.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 23, 1991 in HILLIARD, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/27/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-20, registration: N7304K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 VFR ON TOP THE PLT STATED THAT THE ENG EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF POWER. AFTER BREAKING OUT OF THE CLOUDS THE PLT OBSERVED A FIELD & PERFORMED A FORCED LANDING. AFTER TOUCHDOWN HE INTENTIONALLY GROUND LOOPED THE ACFT TO AVOID OBSTRUCTIONS AHEAD. THE ACFT WAS EXAMINED 2 DAYS AFTER THE ACCIDENT BY AN FAA INSPECTOR. THE ACFT WAS SECURED & THE ENG WAS STARTED & FOUND TO OPERATE NORMALLY. NO DETERMINATION COULD BE MADE AS TO THE REASON FOR THE LOSS OF POWER.

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

PARTIAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER DUE TO UNDETERMINED REASONS AND UNSUITABLE TERRAIN ENCOUNTERED DURING THE FORCED LANDING. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE LOW CEILING ENCOUNTERED AND REDUCED IN-FLIGHT PLANNING DECISION TIME BY THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND.

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