NTSB Identification: NYC07LA033.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, November 21, 2006 in Bardstown, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/30/2008
Aircraft: Piper PA-32RT-300, registration: N3887M
Injuries: 2 Serious.
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While en route to his destination airport, the engine lost power and the pilot noticed smoke coming from the front of the airplane. He reported, "engine fire...going in," to air traffic control and was given vectors to the nearest airport. When he realized he would not be able to make it to the airport, the pilot performed a forced landing to a field. During the forced landing, the airplane impacted trees and was substantially damaged. Examination of the engine revealed the lower, right, forward cowling displayed fire damage near the number 1 cylinder exhaust, and soot damage under the number 1 cylinder. The number 1 exhaust gasket was intact with no evidence of exhaust gas leakage observed. Additionally, the number 1 exhaust gauge temperature (EGT) probe was backed out of the exhaust stack about 1/8 inch. Evidence of exhaust gas leakage was noted on the EGT probe. The engine data monitoring system was analyzed and revealed no anomalies during the accident flight. The last recorded data point indicated the fuel was cut off suddenly, to the engine. Examination of the fuel servo revealed no preimpact mechanical anomalies.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. Full narrative available
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