May 05, 2012, Williston, Fla. Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III


The airplane was substantially damaged at approximately 1500 Eastern time during a forced landing following a loss of engine power after takeoff. The airline transport pilot and three passengers were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

At an altitude of about 400 feet and while the airplane’s landing gear was retracting, the engine experienced a loss of power. The pilot elected to turn the airplane and land, gear-up, in a grassy area to the side of the crosswind runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to its left wing. Visual inspection of the engine revealed no anomalies; a detailed engine examination was scheduled.


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