On Sunday, August 22, 1993, at about 1245 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172, N90441, piloted by Mr. Leon Ross, collided with a tree during a forced landing near Phillips, Maine. The airplane was substantially damaged. The pilot and the two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan had been filed. The flight was being conducted under 14 CFR 91.

The pilot did not make a statement on the NTSB Form 6120.1/2. According to the FAA, the pilot stated that the airplane's engine lost total power approximately 2 miles north of the Phillips, Maine Airport, at an approximate altitude of 2000 feet. The pilot attempted to make a landing at the Phillips Airport, but landed about 200 yards east of the airport on the southeast side of Route 4, and impacted with a tree.

According to the FAA:

"...Mr. Ross [pilot] stated he had fueled the aircraft with 10 gallons of autogas on Saturday, August 21, 1993, and flown approximately one half hour on that day...he fueled the aircraft with another 10 gallons of autogas on Sunday, August 22, 1993. Mr. Ross stated that he flew approximately 3 hours on Sunday...

According to the FAA the pilot did not know how much fuel was on board the airplane at takeoff, but said, "...when he took off the fuel gauges were reading just above the red line.

The FAA examined the fuel tanks while the airplane was resting in a 45 degree nose down angle, using a stick to determine fuel levels. According to the FAA, "...both tanks showed fuel at the 2-3 inch mark." The fuel line from the gascolator was disconnected, and according to the FAA, "...small droplets of fuel emerged...the gascolator revealed a small to medium pool of fuel."

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