NTSB Identification: MIA02LA019.
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Accident occurred Sunday, November 18, 2001 in Deland, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/20/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-181, registration: N85TT
Injuries: 2 Minor.
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The pilot stated that he was departing on runway 5, and was at an altitude of about 200 feet when the engine suddenly ceased operating for a short period of time. The pilot further stated that the engine suddenly restarted automatically, and then ceased operating again for a second time. He said the engine did not "spit or sputter", but that both times it ceased operating, it happened suddenly and completely. The aircraft crashed in a wooded area, about 800 yards east of the airport, incurring substantial damage. An FAA licensed mechanic, with inspection authorization, conducted a detailed postaccident examination, and also tested the accident aircraft engine on a test cell, and no anomalies were noted.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The loss of engine power during takeoff/initial climb due to undetermined reasons. Full narrative available
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