Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2011 Issue

March 19, 2011, Vineyard Haven, Mass., Piper PA-32R-300

The airplane was substantially damaged after experiencing a loss of engine power and forced landing at about 2045 Eastern time. Visual conditions prevailed. The private pilot and one passenger had minor injuries. The pilot reported he was approaching his destination when the engine lost power and quit. Unable to reach the runway, he force-landed on a beach. The airplane struck a piling and came to rest in knee-deep water.

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