Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2002 Issue

February 16, Fredericksburg, Va. / Piper Arrow

At about 1930 eastern time, a Piper PA-28R-200 struck trees during a forced landing near Fredericksburg. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The pilot said he was approaching Shannon Airport and decided to switch the fuel from “LEFT” to “RIGHT.” The engine quit. Examination of the wreckage revealed the fuel selector was in the “OFF” position, but it was unknown if the fuel selector was moved by emergency response crews. Additionally, when the fuel selector was moved from “LEFT” to “RIGHT,” the selector contacted a sheet metal screw that felt similar to the selector being secured into the “RIGHT” detent. However, at that point, fuel flow would not have been possible....

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