NTSB Identification: ATL94LA177.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 25, 1994 in ALABASTER, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/27/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 172D, registration: N2830U
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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AS THE AIRPLANE CLIMBED THROUGH 100 FEET, THE PILOT WATCHED THE ENGINE RPM DROP FROM 2360 TO 1700. AFTER ATTEMPTS TO RESTORE FULL POWER FAILED, THE PILOT LOWERED FULL FLAPS AND ATTEMPTED A LANDING STRAIGHT AHEAD. THE NOSE WHEEL DUG INTO THE GROUND AND THE AIRPLANE FLIPPED INVERTED. DURING THE ENGINE EXAMINATION, WATER WAS DISCOVERED IN THE FUEL SYSTEM AND THE CARBURETOR. THE ENGINE OPERATED NORMALLY THROUGH ALL POWER RANGES DURING THE FUNCTIONAL CHECK. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, THE POSITION OF THE AIRPLANE ON THE RAMP PREVENTED HIM FROM SUMPING THE FUEL SYSTEM PROPERLY.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO PROPERLY SUMP THE FUEL SYSTEM DURING THE PREFLIGHT INSPECTION THAT RESULTED IN LOSS OF POWER.

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