Wirestrike Accident Piper PA-28-181 N4861F, Sunday 1 February 2004
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Date:Sunday 1 February 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-181
Owner/operator:Continental Flight Center
Registration: N4861F
MSN: 28-7790068
Year of manufacture:1976
Total airframe hrs:7126 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-360-A4M
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Palmdale, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Bullhead City, AZ (IFP)
Destination airport:Agua Dulce, CA (L70)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane collided with power lines during a forced landing following a loss of engine power. After about 2 hours 40 minutes of flight, the pilot retarded the throttle to begin his descent into an airport where he planned to refuel. The engine immediately lost power, and he felt roughness and a vibration. He turned the electric fuel boost pump on, and switched fuel tanks. The engine continued to sputter. He could not make a nearby airfield, and set up to land on a road. The airplane collided with power lines on the way down and the rudder separated from the airplane. The pilot was able to land on the road and then collided with multiple obstacles during the ground roll. Examination revealed that the fuel selector valve was on the right tank. The left fuel tank did not sustain mechanical damage, but the right tank was ruptured. There was about 1 quart of fuel in the left tank. There was about 50 milliliters of fuel in the gascolator and the carburetor contained about 75 milliliters of fuel. Fuel was added to the airplane and the engine was test run using the airplane systems. The engine started immediately. There were no leaks, and the engine did not hesitate, sputter, or backfire.
Probable Cause: loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX04LA112
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20040203X00150&key=1


Revision history:

14-Mar-2015 21:25 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:43 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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