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N7682P accident description

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Crash location 46.115278°N, 67.800833°W
Nearest city Houlton, ME
46.140330°N, 67.843630°W
2.7 miles away
Tail number N7682P
Accident date 08 Nov 2016
Aircraft type Piper Pa 24-250
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The private pilot had recently purchased the airplane; he and a flight instructor were conducting a local familiarization flight. After about one hour of flying with the left inboard fuel tank selected, he returned to the airport traffic pattern and performed two additional takeoffs. While on the left downwind leg of the traffic pattern, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot checked that the fuel pump was on while the flight instructor attempted to determine why the engine lost power. The flight instructor then took control of the airplane and turned towards the runway. The airplane contacted the tops of some trees and landed on uneven terrain covered with tall grass and brush about 500 feet short of the runway, resulting in substantial damage to the firewall, fuselage, and wings. Before exiting the airplane, the pilot moved the fuel selector to the off position. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector examined the wreckage and found that the left inboard fuel tank was absent of fuel, while the right inboard fuel tank was full. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. When asked how the accident could have been prevented, the pilot stated, "switched to the other fuel tank."

NTSB Probable Cause

A total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation, which resulted from the pilot’s mismanagement of the available fuel.

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