February 4, 2012, Kalispell, Mon., Piper PA-28R-201T Arrow IV


The airplane experienced a partial loss of engine power at 1345 Mountain time, shortly after takeoff. The pilot attempted to land on a residential street but the airplane collided with parked vehicles and ended up inside a residence. The commercial pilot and his two passengers received minor injures; the airplane was substantially damaged. Visual conditions prevailed.

After takeoff, at between 300 and 500 feet agl, the airplane’s engine started to sputter and lose power. The airplane was over a residential area. The pilot selected the longest street on to which to make a forced landing. He lowered the flaps and slowed the airplane to minimum controllable airspeed. The airplane collided with a number of vehicles and trees, and in the process, the left wing separated from the fuselage.


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