NTSB Identification: CHI85FET02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28228.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 25, 1985 in NAPPANEE, IN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N15074
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT NOSED OVER DURING A FORCED LANDING IN A FIELD FOLLOWING A LOSS OF PWR ON INITIAL CLIMB FROM A TOUCH & GO LANDING. POST ACCIDENT INSPECTION REVEALED THE THROTTLE LEVER COULD ROTATE ON THE THROTTLE SHAFT DESPITE THE ATTACHING BOLTS BEING TIGHT AND SAFETY WIRED. THIS SLIPPAGE COULD HAVE ALLOWED INDUCTION SUCTION TO CLOSE THE THROTTLE PLATE DURING TAKEOFF DESPITE THE THROTTLE CONTROL BEING IN THE FULL OPEN (IN) POSITION.

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

THROTTLE/POWER LEVER..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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