MIA94LA117
MIA94LA117

On April 10, 1994, about 1035 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-200, N1395T, registered to Petersons Air Rental, Inc., collided with terrain while making a forced landing following loss of engine power at River Ranch, Florida, while on a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The aircraft received substantial damage and the private pilot and two passengers were not injured. The flight originated at Miami, Florida, on April 10, 1994, about 0920.

The pilot stated that while at 5,000 feet en route the engine lost power. He received radar vectors from air traffic control towards the River Ranch Airport. He was unable to reach the airport and landed in a field. During landing rollout the aircraft collided with a ditch.

Postcrash examination of the aircraft by FAA inspectors indicated the throttle linkage had become disconnected from the engine fuel control due to wear of the linkage.

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