NTSB Identification: MIA87LA241.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34868.
Accident occurred Monday, September 07, 1987 in OCALA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28, registration: N5581U
Injuries: 2 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.
SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ENG BEGAN TO LOSE PWR & THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO MAINT ALT OR RETURN TO THE ARPT. HE ELECTED TO LAND ON A ROAD, BUT THERE WAS ONCOMING TRAFFIC, SO HE MANEUVERED TO THE LEFT SIDE. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE LEFT WING COLLIDED WITH A UTILITY POLE. ACCORDING TO A WITNESS, THE ACFT WAS SLOW TO CLIMB AFTER TAKEOFF, ALTHOUGH NO UNUSUAL ENG SOUNDS WERE NOTED. AFTER THE ACDNT, AN OPNL CHECK OF THE ENG WAS MADE, BUT WAS LIMITED TO 1650 RPM DUE TO ACDNT DAMAGE. THE SOLE DISCREPANCY NOTED DRG THE ENG RUN WAS A LOOSE GASCOLATOR; HOWEVER, THE INVESTIGATION DID NOT VERIFY WHETHER THE GASCOLATOR HAD LOOSENED BEFORE OR DRG IMPACT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED
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