NTSB Identification: CHI87LA217.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35262.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 22, 1987 in HILLSDALE, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R-300, registration: N8799E
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

TKOF AND CLIMB TO 7000 FT WERE MADE ON THE LEFT FUEL TANK. SHORTLY AFTER LVL-OFF, THE PLT SWITCHED TO THE RT TANK AND STAYED ON IT DURING THE INITIAL CRUISE. THE PLT THEN SWITCHED BACK TO LEFT TANK AND ABT 10 MIN LATER THE ENG BEGAN TO LOSE PWR. READINGS WERE NORMAL. THE PLT CONTACTED CLEVELAND CTR, DECLARED AN EMERGENCY, SWITCHED TO 7700 ON THE TRANSPONDER, SET UP A DESCENT, AND RECEIVED INSTRUCTIONS TO THE NEAREST ARPT. THE ACFT DESCENDED INTO UNDERCAST AND STRUCK THE TOPS OF TREES WITH ITS LEFT WING. IT THEN ROLLED LEFT, STRUCK THE GRD AND CAME TO REST INVERTED. NO EVIDENCE WAS FOUND IN THE EXAM OF THE ENG OR FUEL SYSTEM THAT WOULD EXPLAIN THE PARTIAL LOSS OF PWR.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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