About 500 Ft Above The Ground, The Engine Power “Rolled Back”

Location: Glens Falls, NY Accident Number: ERA22LA067
Date & Time: November 19, 2021, 12:04 Local Registration: N2305T
Aircraft: Piper PA-28R-200 Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On November 19, 2021, at 1204 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28R-200, N2305T, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport (GFL), Glens Falls, New York. The pilot was not injured, and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, the preflight inspection, engine start, engine run-up and takeoff were normal. After liftoff, the pilot retracted the landing gear, and during the initial climb, about 500 ft above the ground, the engine power “rolled back” but the propeller continued to windmill. The pilot lowered the nose and began a gradual turn back toward the runway. The airplane landed on the grass and struck the airport’s perimeter fence, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and wings.

The airplane and engine were recovered for further examination.

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