April 19, Chapel Hill, N.C. / Piper Warrior


At about 17:30 eastern time, a Piper PA-28-161 struck trees during departure from Horace Williams Airport. The flight instructor and instrument student were not injured. The flight instructor said the engine sputtered and began to lose power at 100 to 200 feet agl. The engine then lost all power and the only option was a forced landing into trees off the departure end of runway 27.


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