NTSB Identification: LAX89LA329.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39813.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 26, 1989 in WARNER SPRINGS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/1991
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25-235, registration: N4450Y
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.

THE PLT ESTIMATED THE ACFT HAD ABOUT 10 GAL OF FUEL ON BOARD WHEN HE DEPARTED ON A GLIDER TOW FLIGHT. AFTER THE GLIDER WAS RELEASED, HE RETURNED TO THE ARPT FOR A LANDING. WHEN HE WAS ON FINAL APCH TO LAND, THE ENG LOST POWER. THE PLT TRIED TO GLIDE THE ACFT TO THE RWY; HOWEVER, BEFORE REACHING THE RWY, THE ACFT HIT A TREE & CRASHED. NO REASON WAS FOUND FOR THE LOSS OF POWER.

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

LOSS OF ENGINE POWER FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON. THE OBSTRUCTION (TREE) WAS A FACTOR.

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