NTSB Identification: ATL95LA048.
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Accident occurred Thursday, February 09, 1995 in COVINGTON, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/23/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA T210G, registration: N6854R
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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THE AIRCRAFT WAS BEING FLOWN ON THE FIRST FLIGHT AFTER BEING PAINTED. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT DURING CRUISE FLIGHT, THE ENGINE QUIT. HE WAS UNABLE TO GLIDE TO THE NEAREST AIRPORT, AND THE AIRPLANE WAS FORCE LANDED IN A FIELD. POST-ACCIDENT EXAMINATION OF THE FUEL SYSTEM REVEALED ABOUT 3 OUNCES OF WATER IN THE FUEL GASCOLATOR, AND THE FUEL LINE FROM THE FUEL TANK SELECTOR TO THE GASCOLATOR WAS FILLED WITH WATER. AFTER THE ACCIDENT, THE ENGINE RAN NORMALLY IN A TEST CELL; NO EVIDENCE OF MECHANICAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS OBSERVED.

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

THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT INSPECTION OF THE AIRCRAFT, IN THAT HE DID NOT ADEQUATELY DRAIN WATER FROM THE FUEL SYSTEM, RESULTING IN WATER INGESTION INTO THE ENGINE.

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