Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2001 Issue

July 12, Boca Raton, Fla. / Piper Seneca

At about 17:35 eastern time, a Piper PA-34-200T struck a light pole and seven vehicles while making an emergency landing on a highway just after takeoff from Boca Raton Airport. The two occupants of the airplane and 14 people on the ground reported minor to no injuries. The pilot said he took off from runway 24 when the left engine lost power. He retracted the landing gear but the left prop would not feather. He could not maintain altitude and airspeed had bled below Vmc, so he elected to land on Interstate 95. He landed in a southerly direction on the northbound lanes of the highway....

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