The Airplane’s Engine Sputtered And Lost Complete Power

Location: Puyallup, WA Accident Number: WPR21LA017
Date & Time: October 17, 2020, 17:42 Local Registration: N4673R
Aircraft: Piper PA28 Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 17, 2020, about 1742 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140 airplane, N4673R, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near the Pierce County Airport – Thun Field (PLU), Puyallup, Washington. The certified flight instructor (CFI), one student, and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The CFI and student pilot reported that they conducted two uneventful touch and go landings. After turning crosswind to set up for another touch and go, the airplane’s engine sputtered and lost complete power. The CFI took over the controls and executed a forced landing onto a nearby parking lot. During the landing the airplane struck trees before it came to a rest. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.