NTSB Identification: SEA94LA082.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 13, 1994 in FORT LEWIS, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/26/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 185, registration: N4732E
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, THE PILOT OF THE CESSNA AMPHIBIAN EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF AVAILABLE POWER AND ATTEMPTED TO RETURN FOR A LANDING ON THE LAKE FROM WHICH HE HAD DEPARTED. POST CRASH INSPECTION REVEALED THAT THE FUEL SHUTOFF VALVE WAS SEIZED IN A PARTIALLY RESTRICTED POSITION, RESTRICTING FUEL FLOW.

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

THE FUEL SHUTOFF VALVE SEIZED IN A PARTIALLY OPEN POSITION.

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