FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19
NTSB Identification: ERA16LA230
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Hollywood, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA28, registration: N9836W
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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On June 25, 2016, about 1745 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140, N9836W, was substantially damaged during a forced landing, after it experienced a total loss of engine power during the initial climb after takeoff from North Perry Airport (HWO), Hollywood, Florida. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91..
In a written statement submitted to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the pilot stated that several weeks before the accident, a family member noted that the airplane's right fuel tank cap was missing. On June 18, the pilot added 3 gallons of fuel to the right fuel tank, drained it, and then repeated this process several times. He then started the engine on the left fuel tank, and switched to the right fuel tank to perform an extended engine run-up and taxi check; he did not fly the airplane that day. When the pilot arrived at HWO on the day of the accident, he sumped both fuel tanks, performed a prolonged engine run-up and taxied for about 30 to 45 minutes. During the subsequent takeoff, when the airplane was about 80 to 100 feet above ground level (agl), the engine trembled, and then lost all power.
The airplane impacted terrain about 1,000 feet beyond the departure end of the runway.
Examination of photographs revealed the airplane's nose and main landing gear were sheared off, and the left wing forward spar was separated at the wing root. One propeller blade was bent aft, the other blade was not damaged.
The wreckage was retained for further examination.