At about 2020 eastern time, a Piper PA-28-181 crashed during a forced landing in Corry, killing the pilot. The pilot had reported a rough running engine to controllers shortly after takeoff from Erie International Airport but made no further transmissions. Two witnesses said the airplane was headed north at a very low altitude. One said the engine was spitting and sputtering like it was stalling or running out of gas. An employee at the FBO in Erie said the accident arrived at the airport about 1400 and the pilot asked if a mechanic was on duty, saying he had trouble starting the engine earlier in the day. The pilot had 233 hours total flight time, including 2.6 hours in make and model.