Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2011 Issue

January 20, 2011, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Piper PA-28-235

The airplane sustained substantial damage during a forced landing at about 1317 Pacific time. The solo private pilot was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot later reported noticing the vacuum pump had failed while on approach. Soon, ATC asked him to slow the airplane for traffic. The pilot reduced power to about 2000 rpm to comply but, shortly thereafter, advanced the throttle without response.

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