NTSB Identification: WPR13LA275
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Waihee-Waiehu, HI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N9160Q
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.
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On June 16, 2013, about 1620 Hawaiian standard time, a Piper PA-28-181, N9160Q, was substantially damaged during an off airport landing following a reported loss of engine power near Waihee-Waiehu, Hawaii. The airplane was registered to Mokulele Iki LLC., Kihei, Hawaii, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The commercial pilot and his three passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal cross-country flight which originated from Honolulu, Hawaii, at 1530 with an intended destination of Kahului Airport, Kahului, Hawaii.
The pilot reported to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) that while in cruise flight about 1,500 feet mean sea level), he noticed a slight hesitation in the engine. The pilot switched fuel tanks and verified the magneto and fuel selector positions. About 5 to 10 minutes later, the pilot noticed a second hesitation in the engine and performed his troubleshooting procedures a second time. Shortly after, the engine began to run rough and the pilot noticed that the engine revolutions per minute (RPM) was fluctuating between 1,500 and 2,450. Subsequently, the engine lost power and the pilot initiated a forced landing to an open area. During the landing roll, the airplane struck various bushes and trees, before it came to rest in a nose low position.
Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the left wing and fuselage were structurally damaged. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.
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