Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2009 Issue

September 1, 2009, Mansfield, Mass., Piper PA-28-151

At 1053 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured; visual conditions prevailed. After the pilot topped the fuel tanks and performed a normal preflight, the aircraft took off and conducted a local flight, during which the pilot performed a power-on stall at an altitude of 2500 feet. Shortly after recovery, the engine began to "sputter and run rough." The pilot applied carburetor heat, maintained best-glide airspeed and flew toward the nearest airport.

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