Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2007 Issue

June 9, 2007, Jacksonville, Fla., Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk

At 1700 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing. The Commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. After three touch-and-go landings at a remote airport, the pilot decided to fly over the beach. About five minutes later, the airplane’s engine began to "cough and sputter," and then lost power. The pilot stated he switched fuel tanks from the right to the left tank, turned the boost pump on, and attempted to restart the engine.

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