Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2009 Issue

August 12, 2009, Glendale, Ariz., Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk

At about 1010 Mountain time, the airplane’s pilot executed a forced landing following a loss of engine power. The solo student pilot was not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage to its left wing. Visual conditions prevailed. After a seventh touch-and-go, and on the upwind leg after reaching 400-500 feet agl, the engine quit. The student attempted to restart the engine but was unsuccessful. During the forced landing onto a dirt field the outboard section of the left wing was damaged.

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