January 28, 2008, Wiggins, Miss., Piper PA-32-301FT


At about 0715 Central time, the airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power. The private pilot and the sole occupant was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

According to the pilot, while in cruise flight at 7500 feet msl, the airplanes engine lost partial power. The pilot turned on the electric fuel pump, switched fuel tanks, cycled the propeller, adjusted the mixture and throttle settings, and worked through the emergency checklist. When engine power could not be restored, the pilot elected to land in an open field. The pilot was able to exit the airplane unassisted. The recovery crew reported the airplanes left wing contained approximately 28 gallons of liquid consistent with 100LL fuel. The right wing fuel tank had been compromised during the accident.


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