NTSB Identification: LAX84FA300.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26860.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 19, 1984 in CORONA, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N5387F
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 EXPERIENCED AN ENG POWER FAILURE DURING TAKEOFF & COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND WHILE MANEUVERING TO RETURN TO THE AIRPORT. THE PLT STATED THAT HE 'TURNED RIGHT TRYING TO RETURN TO THE RUNWAY,' & AT THE SAME TIME, 'MAINTAIN 80 (KTS IAS), BUT IT (THE ACFT) SUDDENLY DROPPED.' WHEN INTERVIEWED, THE PLT REPORTED THAT A NORMAL PRE-FLIGHT INSPECTION WAS PERFORMED & AT THAT TIME OBSERVED BOTH FUEL TANKS WERE AT A LEVEL OF '2 TO 3 INCHES BELOW THE TABS.' EXHAUSTIVE EXAMINATION OF ALL POWER-RELATED SYSTEMS FAILED TO REVEAL A COMPONENT FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WHICHWOULD HAVE RESULTED IN THE POWER FAILURE.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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