Monday, October 29, 2012

Piper PA-28-140, N15037: Accident occurred October 12, 2012 in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Accident occurred Friday, October 12, 2012 in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Piper PA-28-140, N15037 


 NTSB Identification: ERA13LA025 
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 12, 2012 in Allentown, PA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N15037
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 12, 2012, about 1835 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140, N15037, operated by Ace Pilot Training Inc., was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a corn field, following a partial loss of engine power during initial climb from Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), Allentown, Pennsylvania. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and private pilot were not injured. The instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the planned local flight.

The CFI stated that the airplane was fueled to 36 gallons prior to the flight. The engine start-up, taxi, and run-up were normal. While departing from runway 31, about 200 feet above ground level, the CFI noticed that the throttle lever did not appear to be completely forward. He and the private pilot pushed the throttle lever full forward with resistance, which was followed by engine sputtering. The CFI then applied carburetor heat; however, the engine continued to sputter. He then elected to land in a corn field. During the landing, the engine firewall and right aileron were damaged.

Examination of the airplane was planned following its recovery from the corn field.

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