NTSB Identification: MIA82DA106
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 22, 1982 in TAMPA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/22/1983
Aircraft: PIPER J5A, registration: N41141
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE MALFUNCTIONED WHILE HE WAS ON A VFR FLIGHT. HE STATED THAT HE APPLIED CARBURETOR HEAT AS WELL AS OTHER MEASURES TO RESTORE POWER. THE MALFUNCTION PERSISTED, AND THE PLANE WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED DURING A FORCED LANDING ABOUT ONE MILE FROM THE DESTINATION AIRPORT. AN EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OF FAILURE BEFORE THE FORCED LANDING. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE HAD 7.5 GALLONS OF FUEL IN THE HEADER FUEL TANK WHEN HE DEPARTED PLANT CITY, FLORIDA. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ABOUT 15 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF.

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

MISCELLANEOUS..UNDETERMINED

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