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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-28-140

The Pilot Observed That The Airplane’s Climb Rate Was Insufficient. This Was Accompanied By A Drop In Engine RPM

Location: Prescott, AZ Accident Number: WPR23LA334
Date & Time: September 2, 2023, 08:06 Local Registration: N6834W
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140 Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 02, 2023, about 0806 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N6834W, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Prescott, Arizona. There were no injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that they departed with full power and the airplane utilized the entire available runway for the takeoff roll. At approximately 117 feet above ground level, the pilot observed that the airplane’s climb rate was insufficient. This was accompanied by a drop in engine rpm and a pronounced abnormal noise and vibration from the airplane. The pilot pushed the nose down to maintain airspeed as he prepared for an emergency landing along a road off the end of the runway. The right seat occupant informed air traffic control that “we’re going down” and the pilot instructed the passengers to prepare for impact. During the landing the left wingtip made contact with a tree resulting in a partial spin of the airplane resulting inand substantial damage to the wings and empennage.

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

FMI: www.ntsb.gov

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