Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2009 Issue

August 7, 2009, Winchester, Va., Piper PA-28-161

The airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing at about 1745 Eastern time. The private pilot incurred minor injuries; the passenger was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. According to the pilot, at the conclusion of a one-hour local flight, he was returning to the departure airport when the engine went from "full" power to "idle" power. The pilot lowered the airplane’s nose, advised the CTAF of the situation and switched fuel tanks. The engine returned to full power, but only for several seconds, before returning back to idle. The pilot repeated these actions two additional times, with the same response from the engine both times.

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