Preliminary Accident Reports

April 1999 Issue

Jan. 05, Fairfield, Va. / Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche

At 12:55 EST, a Piper Twin Comanche was destroyed during a forced landing in a field near Fairfield. The pilot and one passenger were seriously injured; a second passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was in cruise flight at 6,000 feet near Montebello, Va., when the pilot reported a loss of engine power and said he would land on Interstate 81. A passenger told investigators both engines were “spitting and spattering” prior to the loss of power on the right engine. Neither propeller was feathered and the propeller levers were found in the full forward position....

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