ATL06LA053
ATL06LA053

On March 18, 2006, at 1545 eastern standard time, a Piper PA28-180F, N2133T, registered to and operated by a private individual, as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, lost engine power in cruise flight and collided with the ground during a forced landing, in Easley, South Carolina. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The private pilot reported minor injuries and the airplane received substantial damage. The flight originated from the Williamsport Airpark, Easley, South Carolina, on March 18, 2006, at 1530.

According to the pilot, following takeoff, he made a left standard pattern and turned to the north and climbed to about 3,000 feet. Upon reaching altitude, he leveled and retarded the throttle to cruise power and turned off the fuel pump. At that time, the engine began running rough like a "magneto failure". He immediately turned the fuel pump back on, made a left standard turn back toward the runway. The engine continued to lose power and he could get no response from the throttle. He tried to glide to the runway then realized he was going to be short. He elected to land in a road intersection. He saw two sets of power wires in his path and went over the first set and had to go under the second set. Unable to regain altitude, he impacted the ground thirty yards short of the road and slid through the intersection. Damage consisted of the left wing, left main landing gear, nose gear, engine mount, firewall, and tearing of the bottom right wing lower skin.

Examination of the engine by the FAA found fuel in the gascolator and carburetor bowl. The FAA inspector further stated, "Found small amount of water in both but not significant." The throttle cable was attached and functioning. There were no obstructions observed in the intake manifold. The magnetos, spark plugs and compression were all within normal limits, and valve and valve train continuity was established through to the accessory section. The inspector stated, "All systems inspected appeared normal. Suspect intermittent fuel supply problem, and that he was, "Unable to run engine due to collapsed nose gear."

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