Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2008 Issue

August 3, 2008, Palakta, Fla., Piper PA-32RT-300T

The airplane was substantially damaged at about 0246 Eastern time after making a forced landing in a wooded residential area shortly after takeoff. The private pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot later reported retracting the landing gear and noticing the manifold pressure was "down." He then tried to increase the manifold pressure with no response. The airplane hit trees and came to rest in a residential area, facing in the opposite direction of its original travel.

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