On Friday, February 4, 1994, at 1233 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-161, N1877Q, lost engine power during takeoff from runway 30 and collided with the ground at Taunton, Massachusetts.

The student pilot was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was being operated under 14 CFR 91 when the accident occurred. The flight originated in Taunton.

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and a flight plan was not filed.

The pilot reported that while climbing out at 300 feet above the ground, the engine lost power. He stated that the rpm gage was indicating zero, and he tried to restart the engine but he was unsuccessful. He stated that he tried to land on a narrow street, but the airplane struck a transmission wire and spun around 170 degrees before it fell to the ground.

The FAA Aviation Safety Inspector stated that he instructed the owner to remove the airplane, and that further examination of the airplane must be completed under his supervision. Upon his return to complete the examination, the owner reported that he had completed the engine run and he also gave the FAA a fuel sample.

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