Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2008 Issue

December 5, 2007, Augusta, Ga., Piper PA-28R-200

At 1855 Eastern time, the airplane was destroyed during a forced landing; the private pilot was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. According to preliminary information, the pilot told ATC at 1830 he had a "rough running engine" and asked where the nearest airport was. The controller issued vectors but, as the pilot was attempting to locate the airport, he reported his engine "quit" and he would attempt to land on a road or highway. No further transmissions were received from the pilot.

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