NTSB Identification: MIA85LA219.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29069.
Accident occurred Friday, July 26, 1985 in SOUTH BAY, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N32576
Injuries: 4 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 ENG LOST PWR DURING A SIGHTSEEING FLT AT 1200 FT MSL AND THE PLT SELECTED A DIVIDED HWY FOR AN EMERGENCY LANDING TO THE WEST. BECAUSE HE WAS OVERTAKING A TRUCK ON THE WESTBOUND LANES, THE PLT TRIED TO LAND ON THE MEDIAN STRIP. THE ACFT WAS CAUGHT IN THE TRUCK'S WAKE TURBULENCE, THE RIGHT WHEEL HIT HARD AND WAS TORN OFF THE STRUT. THE ACFT VEERED ACROSS THE HWY AND CAME TO REST ON THE NORTH SHOULDER HEADING IN ALMOST THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. A CONNECTING ROD WAS PROTRUDINGTHROUGH THE ENG CASE. THE ROD BOLTS WERE FOUND MISSING.

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

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CONNECTING ROD..DISCONNECTED

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE

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

LANDING GEAR,WHEEL..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

PROPER DESCENT RATE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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