Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2004 Issue

March 17, Tucson, Ariz. / Piper Super Cub

At approximately 1300 Pacific time, a Piper PA-18 impacted forested terrain near Sisters, Oregon, after experiencing a loss of engine power. The private pilot and his passenger were not injured, but the aircraft was substantially damaged. According to the pilot, the Super Cub had been in a gradual descent for about five minutes when he realized that the engine had lost power. The pilot switched fuel tanks and applied carburetor heat for about 20 seconds, but neither action restored power. Because there was no suitable terrain on which to land, the pilot slowed the aircraft and flew it onto the forested terrain....

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