December 7, 2006 in Falcon Colorado, 1968 Piper Cherokee PA-28-180
The pilot was established on base leg for runway 15 when the engine lost power. The pilot lined up with an adjacent road and contined for a forced landing. Prior to the landing he checked his carburetor heat, mixture, throttle and magnetos in an attempt to troubleshoot the power loss. He stated that he observed car lights and "swerved into (the) tree." The airplane became lodged in he tree crushing both wings aft and wrinking the vertical stabilizer.