February 17, Newbolds Corner, N.J. / Piper Cherokee 140


At 0939 eastern time, a Piper PA-28-140 was damaged in a forced landing after losing engine power near Newbolds Corner. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries. The pilot reported that the airplane had recently received an annual inspection. The pilot had departed Bedford, Mass., with full fuel tanks and was in cruise flight when the engine started to act like it was running out of fuel. He made a forced landing two miles from the nearest airport. Examination of the wreckage found a leaking B-nut on the exit side of the engine-driven fuel pump. The nut was found to be finger-tight and needed two full turns to stop the leak.


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