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N569RA accident description

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Crash location 35.336389°N, 94.367500°W
Nearest city Fort Smith, AR
35.385924°N, 94.398548°W
3.8 miles away
Tail number N569RA
Accident date 07 Jul 2003
Aircraft type Piper PA-38-112
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On July 7, 2003, at 1745 central daylight time, a Piper PA-38-112, N569RA, piloted by a private pilot, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after a reported in-flight loss of engine power, during initial climb from runway 25 (8,000 feet by 150 feet, asphalt) at Fort Smith Regional Airport, Fort Smith, Arkansas. The 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight was not on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The pilot reported minor injuries. The local personal flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot reported:

1. Normal run up

2. Cleared for takeoff

3. Took off reached [approximately] 400 [feet above ground level] runway 25

4. Engine stopped no noticeable loss of power before engine stopped

5. Told tower aborting takeoff

6. Landed plane in field

7. Slid 300-350 ft swerved to miss berm

8. Nosed into ditch

9. Exited aircraft

10. Walked from aircraft and waited for help

A Federal Aviation Administration Inspector examined the wreckage. He stated that both fuel tanks were full. Both magnetos produced a spark when they were rotated. Engine continuity was established. He reported that no anomalies were detected.

NTSB Probable Cause

The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons during the climb out. A factor was the ditch encountered during the forced landing.

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