On April 1, 1994, at 1820 central standard time, a Piper PA-28- 140, N3521K, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near San Angelo, Texas. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight.

The pilot stated in the Pilot/Operator report that after takeoff the aircraft would not develop sufficient power to maintain altitude. He further reported that he executed a forced landing in a field and that "on roll out, the wing tips struck a fence" west of the departure end of the runway.

An examination of the aircraft by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector and the operator revealed that the muffler baffle had come lose.

The aircraft was released to the owner.

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