NYC02LA003
NYC02LA003

On October 2, 2001, about 1400 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-12, N2528M, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Ashland, Maine. The certificated commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the flight destined for the Shin Pond Seaplane Base (85B), Patten, Maine. The personal flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

In a written statement, the pilot said the airplane's fuel tanks were "topped off" on September 29, 2001, at 85B, before a flight to "Fish River Lake, Moose Point Lodge." The following day, the pilot flew to East Grand Lake, Orient, Maine, and then returned to Fish River Lake. The morning of the accident, the pilot conducted a 1 hour local fight, and then departed Fish River Lake with the intention of refueling at 8B5. The pilot stated that the airplane's fuel quantity gauges indicated that the right fuel tank was empty, and the left tank was "close to 1/2;" which should have allowed him to reach his destination; however, due to "heading winds" and the use of a "higher rpm," the airplane "ran out of fuel." The airplane experienced a loss of engine power and impacted trees during the ensuing forced landing.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector did not reveal any pre-impact mechanical malfunctions. Both fuel tanks remained intact and there was no evidence of a fuel spill. Approximately 1/2 gallon of fuel was observed in the airplane's fuel system. Additionally, the fuel line which connected from the airframe fuel filter to the carburetor was removed and contained "a few drops" of fuel.

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