Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2009 Issue

May 16, 2009, Wasilla, Alaska, Piper PA-24-250 Comanche

After completing the touch-and-go landing, the pilot climbed the airplane to 1500 feet and flew east. While in level flight, he applied full carburetor heat and all engine power was lost and, after completing the emergency checklist, the pilot was unable to restart the engine. The pilot selected a lake as a forced landing site and did not lower the airplane’s landing gear, but selected full flaps. He ditched the airplane about 100 feet from the shoreline. While the airplane was still floating, he exited the airplane and boarded a small pontoon boat just before the airplane sank.

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