NTSB Identification: LAX95LA212.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 17, 1995 in PACOIMA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/29/1996
Aircraft: TUPTA-SMITH MINIPLANE DSA-1, registration: N8510
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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IN A STATEMENT TO FAA INSPECTORS, THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE WAS IN CRUISE FLIGHT WHEN THE ENGINE SUDDENLY LOST POWER. HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND IN A DRY WASH AREA AND COLLIDED WITH OBSTRUCTIONS IN THE WASH. THE PILOT SAID HE THOUGHT THE PROBLEM MIGHT BE EITHER FUEL LINE BLOCKAGE OR FUEL CONTAMINATION. INVESTIGATION DISCLOSED NO RECORD OF AVIATION FUEL PURCHASE FOR THE AIRCRAFT'S REGISTRATION NUMBER FROM ANY AIRPORT IN THE VICINITY OF ITS BASE OR FROM THE DEPARTURE AREA.

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

fuel contamination.

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