September 15, 2014, St. Petersburg, Fla. Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee 180


At about 1030 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged when it collided with trees and terrain following a total loss of engine power while maneuvering for landing. The foreign-rated pilot seated in the left front seat and the pilot-rated passenger seated in the right rear seat were seriously injured. The pilot seated in the right front seat and the passenger seated in the left rear seat received minor injuries. Visual conditions prevailed.

The airplane came to rest upright on the nose and right main landing gear in a neighborhood park. The left wing was impact separated and was located in the vicinity of the main wreckage and initial tree strikes. The fuel selector valve was in the left fuel tank position. Neither fuel tank appeared to be breached; however, approximately 12 ounces of fuel was extracted from the left fuel tank and approximately 80 ounces of fuel was extracted from the right fuel tank. No blight was observed on the vegetation in the vicinity of the wreckage except for an approximate six-inch circle located near the initial ground impact location.


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