NTSB Identification: MIA08LA006
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 23, 2007 in Fort Myers, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/24/2008
Aircraft: Taylorcraft DCO-65, registration: N52730
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 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 pilot stated that while on approach to his home airport, he began his descent for landing. About 800 feet above ground level, he reduced engine power and noticed an extreme vibration from the engine area. He declared an emergency with air traffic control and made a forced landing into a shopping mall parking lot, hitting several cars, damaging both wing spars, the landing gear, and engine. Examination of the airplane revealed a fractured front engine mount bolt. The bolt exhibited features consistent with an overstress failure; however, the investigation could not determine if the bolt failed before or after the engine vibration. No other failures or mechanical anomalies were identified with the accident airplane.

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

A partial loss of engine power during approach for undetermined reasons.

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