NTSB Identification: LAX86LA319.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31729.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 09, 1986 in RANCHO MIRAGE, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N56189
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.

THE AIRCRAFT'S ENGINE LOST POWER ABOUT THIRTY MINUTES AFTER TAKE-OFF AND A FORCED LANDING WAS ATTEMPTED. DURING THE INVESTIGATION THE ENGINE WAS STARTED AND RUN. IT RAN ROUGH AND WOULD DEVELOP ONLY PARTIAL POWER. THE CARBURATOR WAS DISASSEMBLED AND A PIECE OF FABRIC WHICH MEASURED 1 AND 1/4 INCHES BY 3 INCHES WAS OBSERVED IN THE CARBURATOR VENTURI SECTION. FURTHER INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE PIECE OF FABRIC, WHICH RESEMBLED ASBESTOS IN APPEARANCE AND TEXTURE HAD BECOME DISLODGED FROM THE FORWARD END OF THE CARBURATOR HEAT SHROUD WHERE IT HAD BEEN UTILIZED AS A SHIM.

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

FUEL SYSTEM..BLOCKED(PARTIAL)

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

MAINTENANCE..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..FOREIGN OBJECT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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