NTSB Identification: MIA95LA220.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 10, 1995 in LAKELAND, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/08/1996
Aircraft: SIAI-MARCHETTI SF.260TP, registration: N915WJ
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT STATED THE ENGINE TORQUE ROLLED BACK TO ZERO DURING CLIMB AFTER TAKEOFF. THE PROPELLER APPEARED TO GO TO A FLAT PITCH POSITION AND AIRSPEED DECREASED RAPIDLY. A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE IN RISING TERRAIN ADJACENT TO THE RUNWAY. EXAMINATION SHOWED THE ENGINE FUEL CONTROL AND ENGINE FUEL PUMP WERE CONTAMINATED WITH WATER. NO OTHER EVIDENCE OF ENGINE COMPONENT MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND. THE AIRCRAFT HAD RECENTLY BEEN IMPORTED TO THE UNITED STATES FROM HAITI AND DID NOT HAVE AN FAA AIRWORTHINESS CERTIFICATE.

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

WATER CONTAMINATION IN THE FUEL, AND AN INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT INSPECTION BY THE PILOT, WHICH RESULTED IN A LOSS OF ENGINE POWER.

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