Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2004 Issue

February 15, Casey, Ill. / Piper Apache

At 1440 central time, a Piper PA-23-160 was damaged in a forced landing right after takeoff from Casey Municipal Airport. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The flight had departed Wadsworth, Ohio, and was destined for Durant, Okla., with a fuel stop in Greenville, Ill. While in cruise flight at 6,500 feet, the pilot repositioned the right fuel selector from the main tank to the auxiliary tank. At that time, the fuel selector handle was “stiff and hard to move.” After about 30 seconds, the engine began to surge. He switched the fuel back to the main tank but the fluctuations continued. He elected to crossfeed from the left tank and the power returned to normal. He then turned off the...

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