NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-28-140

Pilot Stated His Approach Was Too Fast And Opted To Land In A Field On The Other Side Of A Tree Line On August 2, 2021, about 0925 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-28-140 airplane, N44245, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Amado, Arizona. The pilot and pilot rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that while in level flight, about 6,000 ft above ground level, the airplane developed a sudden and severe vibration. After about 4 to 5 seconds, the pilot reduced the throttle setting and the engine shut down. Immediately thereafter, the pilot initiated a forced landing. The pilot stated his approach was too fast and opted to land in a field on the other side of a tree line and fence. The airplane’s right wing clipped one of the trees and subsequently landed hard, and the nose landing gear collapsed.

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