Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2005 Issue

December 1, 2004, Lee’s Summit, Mo. / Piper PA-28-181

At 1200 Central time, the rental airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport (LXT). Visual conditions prevailed; there were no injuries. The local flight originated from LXT at 1030. The pilot’s preflight inspection included checking the fuel gauges and the fuel level in each tank, which was “just under the tabs.” After a touch-and-go landing at a nearby airport, he climbed and headed to the east. A few minutes later, the engine sputtered “just a little.” He applied carburetor heat, and the engine “smoothed out.” He returned to the nearby airport, landed and performed a runup. He then shut down the engine and checked the fuel sumps again. He...

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