NTSB Identification: MIA00LA154.
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 14, 2000 in HIGHLANDS, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/04/2000
Aircraft: Piper PA-22-150, registration: N6860B
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated he was leveling off after departing from a private airport when the engine started running rough He increased the mixture, the engine rpm increased, and the engine ran smooth, then the engine started running rough again. He made a right descending turn and the engine quit. A forced landing was made to the trees. The pilot stated he was 99 percent sure that he had the left fuel tank selected. Examination of the fuel supply line revealed the left wing aft fuel supply line was obstructed with insect larva. The engine assembly was removed and mounted on a test stand. The engine started, ran, and developed power.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

Total loss of engine power due to the obstruction (insect larva) of the left wing aft fuel system line resulting in a forced landing to non suitable terrain.

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